Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership
Launched in June 2013, the APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Program (APWiL) serves as a platform for the sharing of best practices in enhancing the institutional competitiveness of APRU universities and advancing the participation of women in academia and research; and aims to contribute to policy development in bridging the gender gap in higher education.
Host: University of Hong Kong (co-organised by the University of Auckland and APRU)
26 - 28 April 2016
Senior university leaders, faculty, researchers and administrators from 19 APRU universities and invited institutions convened at the APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Policy Round Table on Gender Equity. The Round Table meeting was hosted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and was co-organised by the University of Auckland and APRU from 26 to 28 April.
A number of participants gather for a group photo.
The meeting featured presentations on recruitment, retention and success in the areas of gender equity and equity in general. These presentations highlighted gender equity policies in several APRU member universities that form part of the sharing of best practices across the network.
(L-R) Lynn Gordon (University of California, Los Angeles) and Kirsten Locke (University of Auckland) speak about unconcious bias and gendered academic career trajectories, respectively.
(R-L, 1st row) Li Chong and Lucas Klein (HKU) talk about policies on enhancing retention in HKU.
(R-L, 1st row) Speakers Prem Ramburuth (UNSW Australia) and Ann Brewer (University of Newcastle and formerly University of Sydney) discuss recruitment, promotion and success in the context of gender equity.
A keynote presentation on Gender Equity in Hong Kong’s Universities set a framework for discussions on the importance of empirical-based assessment and analysis of gender-related challenges in universities.
Sarah Aiston (University of Birmingham and formerly University of Hong Kong, centre) discusses the importance of data in informing policy on gender equity.
A key highlight of the Round Table meeting was the University Presidents and Vice Presidents Panel Discussion whereby university leaders shared institutional aspirations and goals in bridging the gender gap in their respective universities. These included 1) greater participation and engagement of women in senior leadership positions; 2) a balanced gender representation across all disciplinary fields particularly in various academic and professional staff positions and; 3) creation of a more equitable and inclusive environment in universities, among others.
(L-R) Vice Provost Cindy Fan (University of California, Los Angeles), Executive Vice President Toshiya Hoshino (Osaka University), Executive Vice President Ching-Ray Chang (National Taiwan University), and President and Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson (HKU) at the panel discussion facilitated by Trudie McNaughton (University of Auckland), 5th from left.
Host: University of Sydney
2 - 4 November 2017
More information will be made available in due course.
The Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Workshop 2016 will be hosted by the University of the Philippines in Cebu on 22 and 23 November.
Themed “Making Numbers Matter: Sustaining the Next Generation of Women Academic Leaders”, the two-day workshop examines the successes of the strategy of gender mainstream and the continuing challenges to gender equity and women's leadership to explore ways of addressing the gaps and drawbacks. Using the Philippines as an example, the workshop examines the successful numbers vis-à-vis de facto empowerment to ensure that these numbers matter. This workshop will also be a continuation of the discussions in previous APWiL workshops on the necessity of gender quotas, issues of merit and excellence, and implicit gender bias.
One of the outputs of this workshop is to come up with action plans for pursuing collaborative research projects and training collaborations among APRU member universities to develop the next generation of women academic leaders.
Program and registration: http://2016apru.wixsite.com/apwil. Registration closes on 11 November 2016.
Sixteen member universities convened to discuss issues on gender gap at the APRU Asia-Pacific Women and Leadership (APWiL) Workshop 2015 from 9 to 11 March. The international workshop was hosted by the University of Auckland in New Zealand and supported by Elsevier. The host university welcomed participants at the university's cultural heritage landmark, the Waipapa Marae, whereby participants engaged in Powhiri, a Māori welcoming ceremony.
Participants gather for a group photo.
Photo credit: University of Auckland
The overview on the state of the gender gap in Asia-Pacific higher education on 10 March elicited dynamic discussions on building the pipeline and the nurturing of talent in universities. Professor Jenny Dixon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) at the University of Auckland (UoA) and Professor Ann Brewer, Dean of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Sydney led the discussions followed by case study presentations from UoA and the Australian National University. In addition, the workshop featured presentations on women's experiences in universities, identifying points of gender gap intervention and upskilling of universities for capacity building. These presentations included case studies from Tohoku University, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the University of Malaya, in addition to UoA.
Professor Dixon (left) welcomes participants to the APWiL Workshop 2015.
Kyoto University hosted APRU’s Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Special Workshop on 1 and 2 July at the Kyoto University Tokyo Office.
A total of 50 participants comprising faculty, researchers and administrators attended the 2-day workshop. Participants were welcomed by APWiL Program Chair and Executive Vice President, Dr Masako Egawa of the University of Tokyo. Professor Yasuko Takezawa of Kyoto University’s Institute for Research in Humanities gave an overview of the workshop proceedings and this was followed by a discussion on institutional strategies on advancing the participation of women in universities. The session was led by guest speaker, Professor Jeanette Takamura, Dean of Columbia University’s School of Social Work.
Participants of APWiL Special Workshop 2014.
Photo credit: Kyoto University
APRU has compiled information on various programs and initiatives of member universities in support of women and in bridging the gender gap in higher education. More than 50 programs and initiatives from available online sources and previously conducted surveys are featured in this directory. The objective of this project is to promote the sharing of best practices in enhancing the institutional competitiveness of APRU universities and advancing the participation of women in academia and research.