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Providence Has Strived Toward Gender Equity Since 1920

Professor Anne Therese Falkenstein, of the Department of English Language, Literature and Linguistics, participated in the Asian University Leaders Program (AULP) on October 27-29, 2016.  The title of the conference was Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education in Asia Pacific.

The program was hosted by the Education University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University. It was sponsored by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (United Board) and held in association with the Asian Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP).

During the conference, Sr. Anne Therese gave a PowerPoint presentation on the topic Gender and University Governance in Asia. She shared the founding mission of the University, its on-going hiring practices that strive to ensure gender equity among administrators and staff members, the exemplary leadership of one of its alumni, Dr. Jane Tsai, and the success that Providence has enjoyed educating women and men who are diverse, but equal in their potential to set and achieve high academic goals. She also positioned Providence within a three tiered framework consisting of the cultures of higher education, Taiwan and the Catholic Church. Lastly, she discussed the implications and challenges of operating within such a structure.

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Gender and University Governance in Asia panelists and facilitator pictured from left to right:
Dr. Olga Catherina Pattipawaej (Universitas Kristen Maranatha, Indonesia), Dr. Suka Joshua (Lady Doak College, India) Dr. Anne Therese Falkenstein (Providence University, Taiwan) and
Rev. Maher Spurgeon (United Board).

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