The Asian Women’s Leadership University (AWLU) Project was founded in 2010 when three Smith College graduates with roots in Asia met through the Smith alumni network. As beneficiaries of the positive impact of a Seven Sisters college education, the founders wanted to extend the positive impacts of a supportive and empowering education to young women outside of the United States.

Through extensive discussions, the mission of the AWLUC was established. The AWLUC aims to build a global educational institution dedicated to empowering women from developing economies. AWLUC graduates will have more than a degree, they will have the leadership skills to promote cross-cultural understanding, regional development and international cooperation.