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Students at the
Akilah Institute
for Women in
Kigali, Rwanda

a Muslim minority group. "They're one of the repressed
groups of people in the world," Ahmad says. Many of
their rights, including the right to an education, have
been taken away.
"We're probably the largest single educator of ethnic
Rohingya women from Bangladesh and Burma," with
more than 50 students enrolled, he says.
The school also is trying to increase outreach to the
Hazara, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in
Afghanistan.
For such women "in most cases they don't have access
to high-quality secondary education," Ahmad says. That's
where Access Academy comes into play, improving their
skills before they start university classes.
"We look for unusual women. We look for women who
demonstrate some potential for leadership and for making
a difference for themselves and for the community," he says.
One of those women is Savitri Kumari, who grew up in
a remote part of India. The AUW graduate this year began
her studies at Oxford University in Oxford, England, participating in a master's degree program in environmental
change and management.
Kumari, who received a full scholarship to AUW, wanted
to attend the university for the exposure to new experiences,
the opportunity to learn English, and the opportunity to
learn about different cultures. During her time there, she
was coordinator for the Math Center, where students can
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turn for assistance with mathematics. She also helped the
garment workers from Bangladesh with their math studies.
"I always was supported by someone so I could do my studies. I feel a lot of responsibility now to give back to society."

Women's Colleges' Importance
Persists Around the World
And it's not just the developing world where women's colleges and universities have an important role to play.
"We don't have gender equality in the world," says
Dame Barbara Stocking, president of Murray Edwards
College, a college for women at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. At the college, students
"have a place where they can really focus on women, on
their life skills, and on personal confidence."
Unlike many women's colleges, Murray Edwards is part
of a larger university, and students from all of Cambridge's
colleges can attend lectures together. But for supervisions,
or tutorials, which involve small groups of students, the supervisors for Murray Edwards' students are usually women.
"There's a real focus on women's learning," Stocking says.
Murray Edwards' students live and engage in social
activities at the women's college campus. They also work
on study skills and career preparation there.
Stocking, the former CEO of Oxfam, an international
confederation of charitable organizations, is herself a
Murray Edwards alumnae. She returned to be president



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

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 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 1
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
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 7
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 8
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 9
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 10
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 13
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 14
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 15
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 25
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 - 40
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 41
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - View From Out Here
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