Syria | Class of 2020
Maryam applied to AUW in the midst of conflict in her home country of Syria. Though she is away from Syria, Maryam remains deeply concerned about the current state of her country; she feels a grave responsibility to return and contribute to its rehabilitation. In the past few years of conflict, Maryam has seen the health infrastructure of Syria deteriorate significantly. This experience has led Maryam to become interested in public health and understanding how NGOs can help to rebuild the healthcare sector in Syria.
Afghanistan | Class of 2021
Nazifa is from a small village in Afghanistan, where she was raised in a family of 10 children by her widowed mother. As the only unmarried daughter, Nazifa’s community and family fought against her decision to go to university. But Nazifa was determined to continue her education. After graduating high school. Nazifa travelled alone, and against her parents’ wishes, to the Ministry of Education in Kabul to learn about university scholarship opportunities. Today, she is thriving as a university student at AUW.
Pakistan | Class of 2018
AUW’s offer of a full scholarship was crucial for Ishrat to attend AUW because with four brothers and sisters, Ishrat’s parents could not afford to continue her education otherwise. Therefore, the opportunity at AUW is more than a degree, and Ishrat feels more independent and has more choices because of it. Ishrat has always been interested in gender issues and in her studies at AUW, she has developed a passion for maternal and child health. She has learned a lot from her coursework in Public Health, specifically about communicable diseases and how the public health policies and rules are lacking in Asia. She has used this knowledge to help inform her volunteer work with Youth’s Voice, an organization that improves the wellbeing of poor communities in Chittagong. Looking ahead, she now knows she would like to pursue a career that will help improve the child and maternal health sector in Bangladesh
Sri Lanka | Class of 2018
Chathuri has been passionate about protecting the environment since she was a child. As a university student, she is committed to turning that passion into action. Over one summer, Chathuri entered in Hong Kong with Li & Fung to learn about corporate sustainability. When she graduates, Chathuri wants to become an Environmental Attorney. When not studying, Chathuri can be found rehearsing original music with her bandmates, fellow AUW students from Vietnam and Nepal.
Vietnam | Class of 2017
“Coming to AUW is like taking a turn from an alley onto a highway,” says Tien. For Tien, this comparison is more than an analogy– she came from a rural village in Vietnam, where her father is a taxi driver and her mother is a textile worker, to the bustling atmosphere of Chittagong and AUW Lane. From the minute Tien entered AUW, she hit the ground running. In addition to her major, Economics, Tien is passionate about the art of communication. While at AUW she founded the AUW Media Club on campus to bring students’ stories to life. In her third year at AUW, Tien also completed an internship with L’Oreal in Paris, and began working full-time in L’Oreal’s Vietnam office upon graduating.
Pakistan | Class of 2018
During her time at AUW, Seema particularly identified with the diversity of the student body, the respect of the community, and the method of teaching and learning. She admits that before arriving at AUW, she was a shy and introverted person, but over the course of the her studies, Seema has “learned to speak my ideas with confidence!” Seema used that confidence as a Research Assistant with Ford Foundation to investigate women’s education and its impact on women’s empowerment in Muslim societies. In the future, Seema would like to return to Pakistan to build awareness campaigns around marriages and the legal rights of women.
Bangladesh | Class of 2014
“In my childhood, I believed women can make a difference, but after coming to AUW, I learned how to make a difference.” And make a difference she has. Through Campaign RED, a self-started campaign aimed at destigmatizing menstruation, Rimu reached more than 5,000 adolescent boys and girls in rural and impoverished areas of Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. While working at BRAC, Rimu also led a team of more than 5,000 community health workers to bring affordable healthcare to the doorsteps of 10 million people in Bangladesh. Today, Rimu is pursuing a Masters at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Bhutan | Class of 2018
Sonam has truly delved into community life at AUW. As a Resident Assistant, Sonam acts as a social leader, older sister, and adviser to her fellow students. On the academic campus, Sonam also served an important role as UG3 Student Representative. Student Representatives advocate on behalf of their academic class to University administration.
AUW students come from all across Asia, from the rural highlands of India and the deltas of Vietnam and Bangladesh to the urban centers of Malaysia and Indonesia. They represent over 35 ethnicities, speak over 25 different languages, hold different religious beliefs, and see the world through different eyes. Although diverse in background, AUW students are united in their passions to innovate the economic, social, and political landscapes of their communities.
AUW students are curious learners, entrepreneurial thinkers, and hopeful spirits. They live and study together, expanding their worldviews and embracing cross-cultural diversity as a strength—not a cause for division or strife.
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