In an effort to provide educational training for female leaders in business and politics in the Asia, the National University of Singapore will offer a course on Women in Leadership.
The course will be led by Vivien Lim, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the National University of Singapore Business School. The curriculum which includes coaching, experiential learning, case studies, discussions and peer learning, aims to help female business leaders understand the unique context of women leaders in Asia.
The Women in Leadership course will particularly address the challenges of navigating the increasingly complex and challenging social and business environment in Asia. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.
The number of courses focused on climbing the corporate ladder in Asia is increasing. According to a recent New York Times article, an increased number of Asian universities and educational centers are focusing on courses aimed at closing the gender gap in Asian corporations.
Women hold less than 6 percent of boardroom percent of seats on corporate boards, and 8 percent of those on executive committees according to a 2012 McKinsey report.
In order to address this challenge, The University of Hong Kong recently introduced a Women’s Directorship Program. The course is focused on preparing women for boardrooms in Asian corporations by providing leading women executives with the skills and knowledge needed to demonstrate they are ready for the responsibilities of the boardroom as a Director or Non-Executive Director.
Amy Lau, Director of the School of Business school at the University of Hong Kong addressed the needs for such initiative by stating “We have decided that this first one should focus on women because there is currently a shortage of women on the boards.”
Dr. Lau elaborated on the current challenges to gender imbalance in Asian boardrooms by stating “Even now, some are not sure if they are suitable for directorships, even though they have served in senior executive positions. Often, they are less inclined to put themselves forward.”
Though participation of women in boardrooms remains a challenge, institutions’ focus on addressing the problem is a step forward in preparing women for leadership roles in Asia and promoting the advancement of women in the region.
For more information on the National University of Singapore Women in Leadership course, please visit the following link.