Noted British political scientist prof Nirmala Rao has been appointed as new vice-chancellor (VC) of Asian University for Women (AUW).
Her appointment will come into effect on 1 February, 2017, said a press release on Monday.
Prof Rao, an expert on governance of cities, has served as pro-director of the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London where she has also served extended periods as acting director.
She was elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in 2003. professor Rao has extensive experience of public service and served as an advisor to a range of bodies, including the UK audit commission and the office of the deputy prime minister (ODPM).
AUW is an international university with an Asia focus located in Chittagong. It has a student body drawn from 15 different countries across Asia and the Middle East, and has graduated over 440 women so far.