Office for Advancing Learning

Office for Advancing Learning

About Us

The Office for Advancing Learning provides opportunities for advance learning through its Summer School programs and GRE Test Prep services. The Summer School involves external outreach to the student communities that are not yet a part of the AUW family. The Summer School programs are meant for high school and university girls from all regions of Bangladesh. The GRE Test Prep services are internal outreach to AUW’s students. It prepares AUW’s undergraduate students for higher education in the top universities of the world.

Purpose

The aim of the Office for Advancing Learning is two-fold. First, the Office seeks to promote the pursuit of higher education in STEM, humanities, and journalism among women in Bangladesh. The Summer School programs introduce students to college-level classes and build the skills necessary for success in higher education. The curriculum employs participatory approaches to learning that are student-centred and practice-based. The programs conclude with a session on academic and career paths in the field. The programs also serve to pique interest in disciplines that are uncommon but important to national development.

Second, the Office encourages the University’s students to aspire for masters and doctoral programs in the best universities of the world. The Office advances the aspirations of our students through the GRE Test Prep services.

Programs

Summer School

About Summer School

The Summer School was launched with a pilot program in math and science. In 2020, the summer school expanded to include programs in computer coding and humanities but the programs were canceled due to COVID-19. The Summer School returns in 2022, and will include Journalism, Math & Science, Computer Coding, and Humanities programs. The Chevron Corporation powers the Computer Coding program as well as the Math & Science program. The Journalism program is supported by The Asia Foundation and the Humanities program is supported by the Asian University for Women Support Foundation. The Summer School includes a five or eight week camp from beginning July to end August at the AUW campus in Chittagong. Eligible applicants for the Journalism program include undergraduate and graduate students studying communications and/or journalism. All high school girls in Bangladesh are eligible for Computer Coding, Humanities, and Math & Science programs. The programs will draw on international and local instructors to facilitate instruction on campus. Students also have the opportunity to balance academic learning with extracurricular learning every day.

Math & Science Program

This program engages students in the learning and practice of math and the sciences. For 2022, the courses offered include Statistics, Physics, Public Health, and Project-based Learning. The Lead Instructors are Ms. Zahra Kanji and Mr. Joshua Talbot from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Forty students from grades 10 – 12 will be admitted to the program. Course instruction will involve theory, lab practice, and field work.

Computer Coding Program

This program engages students in the learning and practice of Computer Coding. For 2022, students will learn the basics of data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and Python. The Lead Instructors are Mr. Cole Baker from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ms. Vandana Keshavamurthy from the University of California, Berkeley. Forty students from grades 10 – 12 will be admitted to the program. Course instruction will involve theory, lab practice, and field work.

Humanities Program

This program engages students in the learning and practice of different disciplines in the humanities. For 2022, students will engage in anthropology, creative writing, ethnomethodology, and a theatre workshop. The Lead Instructors are Mr. Tom Boyd from the University of Manchester and Mr. Daniel Smith from New York University. Forty students from grades 10 – 12 will be admitted to the program. Course instruction will involve theory, practice labs, and field work.

Journalism Program

This program engages students in the learning and practice of journalism. The 2022 Journalism program will take place from July 3rd to September 1st. Students will learn more about investigative reporting, video journalism, constructive journalism, setting up a media business, and other topics.

The Lead Instructors are Mr. Craig Duff, an Emmy award winning journalist from Northwestern University and local media experts. In addition to lectures, the students will be engaged in on-campus labs to develop skills in script writing, editing, interviewing, and video recording. Field work will involve participation in a newsroom school at the Nagorik channel facilities in Chittagong. Fifty students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees will be admitted to the program.

Cost

The Journalism Summer School for university students is priced at $400/Tk. 35,000. The price includes expenses for daily transport to campus and for field work, equipment, accommodation, and meals besides instructor related costs.

The Computer Coding, Humanities, and the Math & Science programs are priced at $600/Tk. 50,000. The price includes expenses for daily transport to campus and for field work, accommodation, and meals.

Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships are available for meritorious students demonstrating financial need.

Summer School Application

Directions for applying

Students can apply for the Summer School programs through the application portal or by emailing the application form. Students accepted to the programs will receive an offer of admission letter via email or post with payment information.  Students can sign back into the application portal to access the University’s bank details and upload the voucher received after payment. The deadline for paying fees is May 31st 2022.

Student Life

Student Life

The Summer School classes begin at 9am every day. Students engage in four 90 minute learning sessions until 4pm with two coffee breaks and a lunch break. The post-lunch time involve lab work and lectures until 4:30pm and extracurricular learning from 4:30pm until 6pm. Extracurriculars involve sports, art, and field trips.

Staff

Staff

Director, Office for Advancing Learning

Faculty, Master of Arts in Education Program  

Dr. Mary Vayaliparampil

Ph.D. Educational Theory & Policy – Comparative & International Education

Pennsylvania State University

 

Program Officer, Office for Advanced Learning

Nabeal Ummi

Master of International Business

University of International Business and Economics

Master of Educational Leadership & Policy

Beijing Normal University

 

Volunteer

Shoshana Williams

Ph.D. in Chemistry (student)

Stanford University

 

Amrit Hingorani

B.S. in Biological Sciences

B.S. in Nutritional Sciences

Research Assistant

Cornell University

Contact Information

Phone Number: +8801926673013

Landline: +880312854980   Ext.164

Email: summerschool@auw.edu.bd