The Asia Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) successfully held the APWiL Mentoring Program 4th Cohort Orientation and the first Informal Networking event on November 9 and December 7 respectively, circling in on the persistent topic of women equity in the universities, the importance of creating a safe place for everybody in academia, and the importance of work-life balance in women’s academic careers.
The APWiL Mentoring Program is a year-long commitment that matches a mentor with a mentee from participating APRU member universities, to provide mentoring and intercultural opportunities for the empowerment of aspiring women leaders.
With 44 mentoring pairs, the 4th Cohort is almost three times larger than the Pilot Cohort in 2020-21 and involves 27 institutions, three more institutions than the 3rd Cohort, reflecting on the increasing interest and need from academics and universities alike.
“The steadily growing participation shows how much this program is being appreciated by our group members,” said APWiL Co-Chair, Professor Yvonne Lim, Universiti Malaya’s Associate Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement).
“It is not just the women leaders and women colleagues who play their roles, so we are grateful also for having male colleagues supporting us in our journey in encouraging women to be aspiring leaders.”
The 4th Cohort Informal Networking event proved to be a valuable platform for unstructured conversations among mentees and mentors as well as program alumni to discuss successes and challenges in working towards their goals and connecting with other leaders in the APRU network.
The next event of the 4th Cohort is the International Women’s Day Event on March 8 next year, which will be led by Universiti Malaya APWiL Alumni.
“You are encouraged to be open to share information, because the more you build trust the more effective these relationships are,” said APWiL Manager, Dawn Takaoglu, Director of International & Academic English, Global Affairs at UC Davis during the Orientation Day. And she continued “Getting to know your mentor as a person, and as a professional will be helpful in developing that level of trust that makes these relationships very successful”.