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AUW, HSBC launch graduate school of apparel management

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  • 23 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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AUW, HSBC launch graduate school of apparel management
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi is seen at a launching ceremony of a graduate school of apparel and retail management at a hotel in the capital on Sunday.

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The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) and the Asian University for Women (AUW) jointly launched a graduate school of apparel and retail management.

The HSBC-AUW School of Apparel and Retail Management will offer a one-year Master of Science in the subject maintaining international standards.

The school was formally launched at a ceremony at Radisson Blu Chattogram Bay View on Sunday, said a press release.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, AUW Vice Chancellor Dr. Rubana HuqHead of Commercial Banking, South & Southeast Asia, HSBC Amanda Murphy, AUW Kamal Ahmad,  BGMEA president Faruque Hassan, former Prime Minister of Denmark Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Senior Official of US Department of States Katrina Fotovat and HSBC Bangladesh CEO Md Mahbub ur Rahman were present at the event,

Minister of Education and AWU Board of Trustees (BoT) Dr. Dipu Moni delivered a video message.

Funded by HSBC’s philanthropic support, the programme will be guided by a global Academic Committee chaired by Dr. Dipak C Jain, former Dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

The Masters programme will prepare young female professionals with expertise in fashion, merchandising, supply chain management, brand management, and occupational health and safety issues. It is intended to help the burgeoning apparel industry induct more female talent in management roles.

The launching ceremony titled "HSBC-AUW School of Apparel: Leading the Future of Fashion" was attended by top dignitaries from government, regulators, business and international leaders.

AUW’s Vice Chancellor Rubana Huq expressed her hope saying, “Today, the Apparel industry in Bangladesh needs a homegrown talent pool, which will service the needs of the sector."

"Therefore, in order to prepare cohorts ready to take on the challenge of employability in Bangladesh, AUW is happy to launch the School of Apparel and with HSBC Bangladesh."

Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking, South & Southeast Asia, HSBC said, “The global apparel industry is evolving rapidly alongside emerging technologies, changing consumption patterns and an increasing focus on sustainability."

"We are proud to partner with the Asian University for Women to launch the HSBC-AUW School of Apparel and the Masters programme, equipping future talent with the expertise to drive continued innovation in Bangladesh’s largest export industry."

Murphy said, "Importantly, this programme supports the professional and leadership development of women, providing better access to opportunities through inclusion and fostering long-term growth for Bangladesh and its communities.”

The programme aims to create a pool of trained women management graduates to lead businesses in the apparel sector. Ensuring international standard education, this programme will also build local management talent and enable enduring skill formation within the country while contributing towards the social goal of women empowerment.

Academic excellence, industry relevance and social significance would be the defining features of the programme. The graduates would be technologically savvy, have superior communication skills and gain up-to-date, contemporary knowledge and skills needed for apparel and retail management.