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The international team of the Asian Women’s Leadership University (AWLU) Project is working to establish a top-level liberal arts women’s university for promising women in Asia. The institution will be based in Malaysia, and in August 2012, the AWLU Project formally presented at a panel hearing regarding its university license application to the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education.
Projected to open in September 2016, the AWLU will be a private, not-for-profit university modeled on the U.S. “Seven Sisters” liberal arts & sciences colleges. With Smith College (MA, USA) as the chief academic planning partner, the institution will combine American-style liberal arts education with a leadership and entrepreneurship curriculum that is relevant to Asia. For our students, we will seek promising women from diverse backgrounds to be a part of our vibrant residential learning community.
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February 27, 2014

“Education with a Conscience”: AWLU Project profiled in The Cultureist

The AWLU has been profiled in The Cultureist’s “Education with a Conscience: Bringing the Liberal Arts to Asia’s Female Students”! Focusing on AWLU’s vision of a new educational paradigm for women and social change, the article highlights AWLU’s curriculum as … Continue reading

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March 4, 2014

Board member Zarinah Anwar to speak on women’s impact on national development in London

We are pleased to announce an upcoming presentation by AWLU Project’s Co-Chair Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar in London this week. Zarinah, former Chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission and former Deputy Director of Shell Malaysia, will be speaking to a … Continue reading

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October 7, 2013

AWLU Project welcomes Mila Devenport, its first full-time hire, to its Cambridge, MA operations!

Hi, my name is Mila Devenport and I’m pleased to join the AWLU Project as our organization’s first official full-time hire as Project Associate.  I’d be hard pressed to imagine a more intriguing opportunity to practice my liberal arts education … Continue reading

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