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2010, and is the only all-women's college in the country,
says Executive Director Karen Sherman.
Founder Elizabeth Hughes, a Vanderbilt University
graduate, "was really struck by the need for women's education," Sherman says, and wanted to "make a difference
on the ground."
Nearly 1 million people were killed during Rwanda's
genocide in 1994, and women "really carry the responsibility for rebuilding the country and families," Sherman says.
"They need to be empowered to take on leadership roles."
In such an extremely patriarchal society, women are
accustomed to taking a back seat in society, so it's a major
change to attend a single-sex college, where they run for
office, head clubs and activities, and learn to take a leadership role, she says.
At Akilah, the majority of a student's tuition is deferred
until she graduates, and then each student must pay back
that money. The repayment rate is 98 percent, Sherman
says. "We want to make sure the program is accessible to
women of all different socioeconomic backgrounds." In
Rwanda, less than 5 percent of the young women in rural
areas graduate from secondary school, but at Akilah, 55
percent of the students come from rural areas.
The students can major in hospitality management,
information systems, or entrepreneurship, representing
the fastest-growing sectors of the economy in East Africa.
Along with academics, the young women learn skills such
as leadership, team work, communication, and higherorder thinking.

Students graduate in two years with a diploma, which
Sherman says is comparable to an associate's degree. If
they continue their studies another year, they receive a
bachelor's degree. The shorter course of study is designed
so they can enter the workforce sooner.
At AUW, one of the goals is to provide young women
with a way out of poverty. Under the Pathways to Promise
program, which recently began, women working in garment factories in Bangladesh have been admitted to the
university. Admission tests were administered on the shop
floor when the factories were closed, Ahmad says. More
than 650 applied for admission, and 22 were chosen, based
on test scores and interviews.
Perhaps surprisingly, the factory owners have agreed to
keep paying the women's wages for the five years they're
attending the university. "We often underestimate the
hearts of other people," Ahmad says.
The university also works to draw other young women
from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as the Rohingya,

Fatima Sabri
speaks about
injustice and
gender-based
violence

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From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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