Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) - Sixty-one high school students were selected by the Asian University for Women (AUW), powered by Chevron, for an intensive five-week programme focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The programme, run-by AUW Math & Science Summer School, provided students with the competence and skills necessary to excel in STEM-oriented further studies and careers, Chevron said in a media statement.
A closing ceremony was held on AUW campus in Chittagong on August 8.
Addressing the programme as the chief guest, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said the AUW brings a source of pride for Bangladesh and Chittagong.
“AUW is a world-class university by all standards and it doesn’t only educate women; it empowers women. I encourage you all not just to dream big, but to combine your dreams with your efforts to reach your goals,” he said.
The function was also addressed, among others, by Ismail Chowdhury, Director of Corporate Affairs of Chevron Bangladesh, and Waseka Ayesha Khan, Member of Parliament from Chattogram.
The curriculum of the Math and Science Summer School focused on Physics, Mathematics, and Bioinformatics. These courses were taught by a cohort of international and local faculty with academic backgrounds from Stanford, MIT, Notre Dame, and the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia.
A group of visiting undergraduate students helped with peer tutoring and organised many extracurricular activities.
The programme was also designed to include prominent international scientists and mathematicians who volunteered to provide remote lectures, said the Chevron press release.