Stroble Speaks on Empowering Women in Higher Ed at IAUP Triennial Assembly in Japan

| June 13, 2014
IAUP 2014 Yokoham opening

The opening of the 2014 International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) general assembly, which focused on “Creating the Future of Higher Education.” -@WebsterPres

This past week Webster University President Beth Stroble was in Yokohama, Japan, for an event that happens once every three years: the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) general assembly.

Each triennial, which happens in a different part of the world every three years, focuses on a specific theme and provides its membership with an opportunity to discuss challenges and changes that face higher education worldwide. The 2014 conference theme was “Creating the Future of Higher Education.”

IAUP in Yokohama

Yokohama at night: The IAUP selects a different location every three years for its general assembly.

President Stroble spoke on the conference’s panel on “The Role of Women in Higher Education.”

“Global commitment to support girls and women is an imperative for the future of higher education,” Stroble says.

As the president of Webster University, a global institution serving students in 60 cities in eight countries on four continents, she sees natural and strategic connections between educating girls and empowering women.

Increasing women’s financial resources results in improved health and education for themselves and their families, she says; in turn, improving children’s and women’s health and education is fundamental to empowering women’s leadership and productivity.

To improve the lives of vulnerable women, promote economic empowerment, and contribute to development, higher education initiatives Stroble believes investments should simultaneously:

  • Provide high quality early childhood, elementary, and secondary education for young girls
  • Establish high quality tertiary education opportunities in local communities with a focus on programs that meet local needs for employment, civic engagement, health, and leadership for stronger economies in a time of changing demographics
  • Develop entrepreneurial talent in young women and mothers through mentoring and sponsorship

Participants of the triennial conferences include the chief administrators of universities worldwide: Presidents, chancellors, vice chancellors, rectors, as well as worldwide leaders of governments, leaders of international and national associations and organizations, such as the United Nations, UNESCO, the World Bank, and leaders of the corporate sector.

The outcomes include advancing thought on the direction of higher education, as well as key networking opportunities for this diverse audience of institutional leaders.

Webster University and Japan

In Japan, Webster University has a long-running dual degree program and an exchange program with Kansai University in Osaka, as well as an MOU with J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo. Over the years of these agreements, more than 250 students from Webster and the partner universities have taken advantage of these opportunities.

While in Japan, Stroble also caught up with Koko Tanimoto Kondo, the Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and international peace advocate who was on Webster’s home campus this spring as the 2014 commencement speaker.

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