Empowering Bold Leaders

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 colleges. With Smith College (USA) as the chief academic planning partner, the institute will combine American-style liberal arts and sciences education with a leadership and entrepreneurship curriculum relevant to Asia. We will seek promising women from diverse backgrounds to be a part of our vibrant residential learning community.



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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 and sciences women’s university for promising women in Asia.

Projected to open in September 2016 in Malaysia, the AWLU will be a global educational institution dedicated to empowering women 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, 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 curriculum in arts, humanities, natural  and social sciences, grounded in a regional context. Leadership development will be  emphasized in all aspects of the student experience. 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.



Judy Cheng-Hopkins elected as President of the AWLU Project, Inc.The AWLU Project would like to announce the resignation of its President Barbara Hou, who has served as Project Inc. President since the organization’s inception in 2010. The Asian Women’s Leadership University is dedicated to empowering women and helping them become successful entrepren Read More
AWLU Project’s Weibo page receives upgradeWe are pleased to announce the verification of the AWLU Project’s Sina Weibo page as a “non-profit organization”.  Sina Weibo (Weibo, for short), described as China’s “super charged Facebook/Twitter hybrid,” is one of the mainland’s major social media platforms (along with RenRen), with more than 50 Read More
“Education with a Conscience”: AWLU Project profiled in The CultureistThe 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 “responsive to the needs and concerns of Read More



AWLU Project Board member Datuk Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria to participate in 24th annual Global Summit of WomenAWLU Project Board member Datuk Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, current Secretary General at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in Malaysia, will be traveling to Paris June 5-7th, 2014, to participate in the 2014 Global Summit of Women, an annual event bringing together women lea Read More
Board member Zarinah Anwar to speak on women’s impact on national development in LondonWe 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 gathering of Malaysian students from universit Read More
AWLU Board Member Judy Cheng-Hopkins invited to speak at London School of Economic (LSE) on Peacebuilding*This event is open to the public. For information on reserving a seat or accessing the transcripts and podcasts of this event, please visit the event page here.* AWLU Project Board Member and UN Assistant Secretary-General of Peacebuilding Support Judy Cheng-Hopkins has been invited by the Departme Read More


Project President Judy Cheng-Hopkins speaks on “missed opportunities” to discuss ending sexual violenceIn her editorial in the June issue of the United Nation’s Peacebuilding Support Office’s (PBSO), AWLU Project President Judy Cheng-Hopkins writes on how the recent Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (held in London this year) “missed some key opportunities” for Read More