The Asian University for Women in Bangladesh has pledged to empower underprivileged women to play a role solving regional problems by offering a world-class liberal arts education. Addressing 131 new students from seven Asian countries in a welcoming ceremony in Chittagong last weekend, vice-chancellor Nancy Dye said the students would benefit from the leadership training, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to be able to address problems faced by Asian nations and the world at large. 'They will also help create a more just, peaceful and humane world,' Professor Dye told students. The university aims to offer degree courses to talented women who would not otherwise be able to afford them. Chairman of AUW Support Foundation Jack Meyer said he believed providing education to women in the developing world was 'the solution to the world's problems'. 'We want to send a signal that women's education is valued, we want it to be first class,' Mr Meyer said. 'The graduates are going to have to be tough and forward, we want them to change things.' The university offers a five-year combined undergraduate and graduate degree, and a university foundation course for students to boost their English skills for the degree. Next week in Education Post: focus on the university with a mission to change the world.