UPDATE FROM THE AWLU PROJECT BOARD
The AWLU Project regrets to inform all of its supporters and stakeholders that, despite our best efforts and major milestones achieved in the establishment of the AWLU - including collecting commitments of RM35 million to meet the Ministry of Education of Malaysia's capital requirement - our applications for a university license to establish the AWLU in Malaysia have been rejected. The Board has thus decided to suspend all activities related to the establishment of the AWLU in Malaysia while we look for other avenues to pursue our goals of supporting women's empowerment and leadership development throughout Asia and other developing regions. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to sharing more news with you as our activities progress.
- Board of Directors of the AWLU Project, April 2015
The international team of the Asian Women’s Leadership University (AWLU) Project is working to establish a global educational institution dedicated to empowering women across Asian, the Middle East and other emerging regions to become engaged and socially conscious leaders who will promote cross-cultural understanding, regional development, and international cooperation.
With Smith College (MA, USA) as the chief academic planning partner, the AWLU will be the first of its kind: a not-for-profit women’s liberal arts university in Asia, modeled along the tradition of the prestigious “Seven Sisters” colleges in the United States, which have yielded graduates prominent in every field of endeavor.
The AWLU will offer an exceptional liberal arts and sciences curriculum grounded in a regional context, with leadership emphasized in all aspects of student development. The curriculum will foster historical and comparative perspectives, critical thinking and problem solving skills in a variety of learning environments, including classroom, residential settings and internships.
The University’s diverse student body will exemplify a common spirit of enterprise and social commitment. Together, the alumnae of AWLU, as the next generation of leaders, will promote positive change at the community, national, regional and global levels.
We invite you to learn more about the AWLU Project's vision, our team of international supporters and how you can participate in the Project.