Empowering Women for Leadership: Challenges of an Urban Future

An Initiative of Wellesley’s Albright Institute for Global Affairs

June 5 – 15, 2013
Beijing, China 

Empowering Women for Leadership: Challenges of an Urban Future is an initiative modeled on the curricular and pedagogical methods of Wellesley’s Albright Institute. The two-week program includes a multidisciplinary examination of global issues by faculty, outstanding practitioners and thought leaders. The program will include field-based learning pedagogies as well as interactive group assignments. Faculty from Wellesley College and Peking University, and key thought-leading practitioners from both the United States and China, will be represented. Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright ‘59 will deliver the keynote address, and the program will culminate in a one-day summit to explore the importance of women’s leadership in a global era.

Empowering Women for Leadership: Challenges of an Urban Future initiative will:

  • extend the multidisciplinary approaches that have proven successful at the Albright Institute for Global Affairs;
  • encourage faculty from both institutions to share expertise and collaborate;
  • include contributions from expert practitioner alumni from both institutions;
  • foster learning through multidisciplinary teams composed of students from both institutions.  Student groups will conduct research, interview experts, and deliver final presentations to distinguished professors and expert practitioners; and,
  • cultivate women for global leadership positions.

This joint initiative will enroll up to 40 students, drawn equally from Wellesley College and Beida’s Yuanpei College. Topics will include the ethical, environmental, and economic challenges increasingly faced by urban centers around the world. The program will be held from June 5–15, 2013 on the campus of Peking University in Beijing, China.

All sessions will be taught in English (proficiency in Chinese is not required) and will be open to rising juniors and seniors with an interest in global affairs. To learn more about eligibility requirements, application and program timeline, and selection criteria, please visit Challenges of an Urban Future site. https://sites.google.com/a/wellesley.edu/china/

Participating fellows will receive transportation, housing and meals, and a modest per diem stipend.

Wellesley’s Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs serves as a platform to expand the College’s global presence. The Institute examines global issues in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to learning that characterizes the liberal arts and focuses on innovative problem-solving and decision-making through three curricular and pedagogical methods:

         Academic Theory and Research
         Perspectives of Leading Practitioners
         Learning through Action: Internships and Multidisciplinary Group Work