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Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Announces Scholarship Program to Support Women’s Education in Asia

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning has donated US$50,000 to establish a scholarship program at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

  • Sep. 25, 2018
  • Other
  • India and Asia

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh – September 25, 2018 – Asian University for Women (“AUW”) and Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, Inc. announced today that Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning has donated US$50,000 to support full scholarships for students of Asian University for Women 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. Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is a leading provider of air conditioning solutions headquartered in Japan.

The Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning 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.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning and its family of companies carry out a wide range of social responsibility activities, guided by our five values of Integrity First, Purpose Led, Customer Driven, Future Focused and One Team. We are committed to doing well by doing good and holding ourselves accountable to make the world a better place through the solutions we provide, our engagement in society, the way we do business, and our commitment to protect people and the environment.

“Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is very excited to have the opportunity to support the Asian University for Women. We sympathize 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,” says Franz Cerwinka, Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning.

“Asian University for Women is delighted to have the commitment of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning to increase access to higher education for highly talented young women in Asia. Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning recognizes the untapped potential of women to become business leaders and social innovators who will engage all strata of society and promote the positive and sustainable development of the region. By investing in students of the Asian University for Women, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning has become a model of local capacity building and regional collaboration,” says Professor Nirmala Rao, Vice Chancellor of AUW.

About Asian University for Women
Founded in 2008 and located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Asian University for Women is the first of its kind: a regional institution dedicated to women’s education and leadership development – international in outlook, but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of the people of Asia. Students from 15 countries attend AUW. This University 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. For more information, please visit

About Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning, Inc
Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is a global air conditioning manufacturer, established in October 2015 as a joint venture of Johnson Controls Inc. and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. Our 16,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions for residential and commercial buildings throughout the world. We exceed customer expectations with the most diverse range of HVAC products in the world – from ductless solutions to chillers to HVAC room air conditioning systems, fueled by our industry-leading technology and innovation. Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning’s wide range of social responsibility activities reflect the diversity of communities that we serve – ranging from building schools and toilet blocks in India and supporting orphanages in Thailand to providing disaster relief in our home country of Japan. For more information, visit

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