Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Explores Collaborative Opportunities in Asia

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 1:56 pm.

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe recently traveled to Asia to meet with officials at a number of colleges and universities to discuss opportunities for collaboration and to take part in the 2012 Women’s Education Worldwide Conference at Nanjing University’s Ginling College in China.

President McAuliffe with Ewha President Sun-Uk Kim

President McAuliffe with Ewha President Sun-Uk Kim.

At Ewha Woman’s University in Korea, McAuliffe and Ewha President Sun-Uk Kim signed an agreement to explore opportunities to support student and faculty exchanges and sustained collaboration between the two institutions.

Founded in 1886, Ewha has 18 graduate schools, 11 colleges with 65 departments, and several research institutes. It is the world’s largest women’s college with a total enrollment approaching 20,000 students.

Bryn Mawr has agreed to similar partnerships in the past year with Effat University in Saudi Arabia, Lady Shri Ram College for Women in India, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

“Through our collaborations with other international universities and women’s colleges, we’re providing new opportunities for students and faculty to work internationally and creating mutually beneficial partnerships that contribute to women’s advancement globally,” says McAuliffe.

In China, McAuliffe visited officials at Zhejiang University, where discussions are underway regarding a possible collaboration between the two schools.

Zhejiang officials, some of whom visited Bryn Mawr in fall of 2011 and spring of 2012, are establishing a history of art program and have been communicating with Bryn Mawr faculty members for advice. The schools have also talked about a possible student and faculty exchange.

“Zhejiang is widely considered one of China’s premier universities. The fact that they are looking to Bryn Mawr when considering a new history of art program is an honor and a testament to how highly regarded Bryn Mawr’s program is internationally,” says McAuliffe.

“Through all of these collaborations, Bryn Mawr is establishing itself as a central hub in a global network of scholars,” adds McAuliffe. “In keeping with Bryn Mawr’s core values, these relationships are truly reciprocal. In learning from and respecting one another, our students and faculty grow both intellectually and culturally.”

At the 2012 Women’s Education Worldwide (WEW) Conference, McAuliffe joined Smith College President Carol T. Christ and Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella in a roundtable discussion on the Women In Public Service Project (WPSP). WPSP, founded in 2011 through the partnerships of the US State Department and the five women’s colleges of the historic Seven Sisters, seeks to educate and train a new generation of women from around the world to enter the public sector and to become political and civic leaders.

“We hope other women’s institutions around the world will become partners in WPSP,” says President McAuliffe, “and will join us in leading the way to a world in which women comprise 50% of elected officials by 2050.”

During their presentation, the presidents also discussed the importance of building relationships between academic institutions, non-profit organizations, private sector companies, governments, and intergovernmental agencies to achieve goals for women’s advancement.

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