Asian University for Women (AUW): the first regional, liberal arts institution in South Asia

Executive Leadership

  • Vice-Chancellor Nirmala Rao

    Professor Nirmala Rao

    Professor Nirmala Rao began her tenure as Vice Chancellor of the Asian University for Women (AUW) on 1 February 2017. She served for eight years as Pro-Director at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London between 2008 and 2016, prior to which she held a similar post as Pro-Warden for Academic Affairs at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

    Professor Rao took her first degree in Economics at Delhi University, India, and subsequently received her MA and MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She came to the UK in the late 1980s and took up her first research post at the Policy Studies Institute. In 1993, she was awarded her PhD and the following year she was appointed as a Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths College. Nirmala was elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in 2003.

    Nirmala 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). For a number of years she was also a lay member of the General Council of the Bar, a non-executive director of Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and an appointed member of the Architects Registration Board. She currently serves as Trustee of the Learning from Experience Trust and member of Governing Body of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Professor Rao has published widely in the field of urban governance and public policy and some of her recent books include Reshaping City Governance: Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, London; Cities in Transition: Growth and Change in Six Metropolitan Areas; Governing London and Transforming Local Political Leadership.

    Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Rosie Bateson

    Dr. Rosie Bateson

    Rosie Bateson joined AUW in July 2016, as Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs. Previously she lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, for five years where she was involved in the establishment of Sampoerna University and Education System. With a diverse international career in senior higher education roles – including working, teaching and research experience in the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, India and South-East Asia, Rosie brings with her extensive experience of strategic development, university management, academic and business planning, as well as negotiating significant international partnerships.


    Dr. Bateson was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Higher Education Management of Abertay University in the United Kingdom; Vice President for Student Services of the Central European University in Budapest, where she also taught Higher Education Management at the Department of Public Policy; Special Assistant (US-based) to the President of the American University in Bulgaria; and Deputy Director of the American College of Sofia.


    An alumna of the Management and Leadership in Education Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Rosie Bateson obtained her PhD in Higher Education Management from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

    Chief Financial Officer Bhupinder Gupta

    Bhupinder Gupta

    Bhupinder Gupta was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in June 2016. A member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, Bhupinder is responsible for leading and managing the University’s financial affairs.

    Previously Bhupinder was Head of Finance for Shiv Nadar Foundation in India and Chief Financial Officer at Aga Khan Foundation (India). Prior to Aga Khan Foundation, Bhupinder was Assistant Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Bhupinder is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has more than 16 years of experience.

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