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LONDON: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (pic) has suggested that the Asian University for Women (AUW) hold a gathering of its patrons to discuss the importance of education for women.
Rosmah, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, offered Malaysia to host the first AUW patrons’ meeting in March to streamline the status, achievements and problems of the university.
She said this during an interview with Bernama and RTM after she met AUW chancellor Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, here on Friday.
“We should hold the meeting, at least twice a year, with the university as well as all those appointed to key positions, such as the patrons, chancellor, vice-chancellor as well as other important posts,” added Rosmah, who is one of the patrons of the university.
She said the meeting was important so that there would be coordination between the patrons and the top brass of the university to ensure its smooth running.
The AUW, located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, has about 500 students from 15 countries, including Bangladesh, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, China and India.
The other students are from Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria and Vietnam.
The university, set up in 2008, provides educational opportunities to the poor.
The AUW is currently looking for funds to build a university complex to cater for the needs of the students there.
Rosmah, who became a patron of the university in 2011, is accompanying Najib, who is on a five-day working visit to attend the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF).
With regard to the WIEF which, among others, focused on empowering women’s economy, Rosmah said it was her favourite topic, which had often been part of her discussions or speech whenever she went abroad.
“I believe women should be given equal opportunities with regard to economic empowerment, political empowerment and social empowerment,” she said, adding that women play an important role in the development of a country.
“I’m proud that Malaysia does not marginalise the women although, according to the Prime Minister, there is still much we can do for them,” Rosmah said.
In his keynote address at the opening of the WIEF, Najib urged Muslim countries to intensify efforts at empowering women’s economy and stressed the importance of their role in developing the national economy. — Bernama
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