A bold vision for women’s education in Asia

Our goal is to establish a premier educational institution to nurture and develop future generations of women leaders who will promote positive change at local and global levels. We believe a women’s university will offer the necessary space and environment for the development of a woman’s full leadership potential. The Asian Women’s Leadership University College will be purposefully designed to nurture and develop leadership skills and mindsets that equip young women to take advantage of opportunities to enhance advocacy for and to act as prime movers in leading social transformation in their respective communities.

Why a women’s university in the 21st century?

An all-women’s university in Asia is highly relevant and much needed to create a conducive and confidence-building space for women to hone their leadership skills and to develop their full potential socially and economically.

Despite progress in certain areas, the gender gap persists in hindering women from achieving leadership opportunities across various fields of endeavor.

For instance, despite higher enrollment for women in higher education globally, women continue to be underrepresented in various segments of leadership spheres. Only 14 of 194 governments in the world are headed by women and less than 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Women’s representation on corporate boards is below 2% in 7 out of 15 Asian countries (Source: United Nations, 2015).

A women’s university of today will focus on providing a versatile education to enable students to access opportunities and drive change in their communities. The Asian Women’s Leadership University will be purposefully designed to develop leadership skills and mindsets that equip young women to take advantage of opportunities in public service and the corporate world, enhance advocacy for women’s causes and to act as prime movers in leading social transformation.

AWLU students will participate in an innovative curriculum based on the fields of liberal arts & sciences, tailored for regional context and heavily supplemented by leadership training. The programme emphasizes critical thinking, social entrepreneurship, ethical commitments, leadership and global engagement skills.

A liberal arts education exposes students to a broad range of academic programmes in the humanities, mathematics, natural and social sciences. Students in the first and second years may choose to enroll in classes that will broaden their horizons and world-views and instill in them a life-long curiosity and thirst for knowledge, critical ingredients for leadership development. In their third and fourth years students will select their specializations according to their interests and aptitude.