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JC/Hitachi scholarship for women in Asia

BANGLADESH: Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning has donated US$50,000 to support full scholarships for students of Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

AUW is a leading international, independent university for women in South Asia that is committed to making world-class liberal arts and sciences education accessible to women who aim to become leaders in their communities.

In a statement the company says the scholarship will be granted to “highly-motivated young Asian women who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership ability as they develop their skills, expertise, and professional networks to solve the most pressing issues of the day with innovative and bold solutions”. The scholarships will cover their tuition, room and board, healthcare, textbooks, school supplies, and all other educational expenses.

“We sympathise deeply with school’s philosophy, spirit and aspiration to promote women’s empowerment and status improvement. Being future focused is one of our core values, and we see this as a unique opportunity to support the next generation of female leaders and businesspeople in Asia,” said Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning CEO Franz Cerwinka.

Founded in 2008, the Asian University for Women hosts students from 15 countries. It exists solely to support a rising network of women leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers from across the region. It seeks out women who have significant academic potential and demonstrate courage and a sense of outrage at injustice and are empathic to the woes of other people.

A majority of AUW’s students are first in their family to enter university; 98% of AUW’s students are on full or near-full scholarship funded by private donors from around the world. A majority of AUW graduates find employment in the private sector in their home countries while about 25% go on to pursue graduate studies. AUW graduates or former students have been admitted to Stanford, Oxford, Columbia, Brandeis, Surrey and a host of other leading universities in the world.

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