WPSP is thrilled to announce an upcoming Institute that will offer an exciting academic and regional focus. The first AUW Women in Public Service Summer Institute will take place at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, August 1 – August 15, 2012.
The Summer Institute will constitute a 3-week public service and leadership training program dedicated to strategy and solutions for the most pressing societal concerns and the public sector roles the women of Asia will take on in tackling them. The Women in Public Service Project is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Seven Sisters women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley – to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organizations worldwide.
The workshops will enable the participants to focus not only on Big Ideas, but also on the most effective ways to implement them through governmental institutions. Ten Afghan student participants will join 30 exceptional AUW students, representing 12 countries across Asia. These students will then return to AUW in the fall of 2013 to present their projects to the greater AUW student body. The Summer Institute will be led by a Fulbright Expert and the Executive Director of the Women in Public Service Project, Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwes.
In the fall of 2012, following completion of the AUW Women in Public Service Summer Institute, the 13 Afghan participants will enroll in AUW’s Access Academy — a yearlong program that helps develop their communication and critical thinking skills to prepare them for matriculation into the undergraduate program. AUW will undertake to find resources for their continued education throughout the undergraduate program from other private sources.
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