AUW Presents Honorary Doctorate to Professor Henry Rosovsky at Harvard Faculty Club
Cambridge, Massachusetts 20, Oct, 2016
October 20, 2016, Cambridge, Massachusetts – Asian University for Women (AUW) honored eminent Harvard University Professor of Economics and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Professor Henry Rosovsky, conferring upon him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Professor Rosovsky chaired the Task Force on Higher Education, convened by the World Bank and UNESCO, where the concept of creating the world’s first, all-women’s international liberal arts university led to establishing Asian University for Women.
As an early supporter of AUW, Professor Rosovsky led the meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2000, when she visited Boston, in proposing the creation of AUW. Professor Rosovsky, an expert on Japanese economic development, served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University as well as its Acting President. An ardent proponent of liberal arts education, Professor Rosovksy has extended his service and counsel to educators and academic institutions around the globe.
In a heartwarming and dignified gathering held at the Harvard Faculty Club, an AUW diploma was formally conferred upon Professor Rosovsky. Professor Derek C. Bok, who served as President of Harvard University from 1971 to 1991 after his tenure as Dean of Harvard Law School from 1968 to 1971, spoke on the occasion as did Jack Meyer, Co-Founder of AUW and former President of Harvard Management Company.
AUW Co-founder Jack Meyer remarked, “Asian University for Women pledges in its mission statement to educate women to be skilled and innovative professionals, service-oriented leaders, and promoters of intercultural understanding who lead sustainable human and economic development. A true embodiment of these aspirations, Henry comes to mind as we consider how one person can combine these myriad mandates for a university graduate who gives back.”
Following are remarks shared by AUW’s incoming Vice Chancellor, Professor Nirmala Rao:
Dear Professor Henry Rosovsky,
Our heartiest congratulations on this very well deserved honour. On behalf of the entire AUW community, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your unfaltering support in advancing the academic life of our University. We are indebted to you for your continuing involvement and commitment – we wouldn’t be here without you.
You have often reminded us that the mission of building a world class University is not simple – the importance of attracting and retaining talented scholars and implementing a culture of shared governance so central to the task. In the context of liberal arts education, we are particularly mindful of the cultural specific issues you raise.
And as I step into the role of leading AUW, I myself have begun reflecting on such questions as to how AUW should develop its own unique liberal arts tradition, without duplicating the western model. You have taught us much and we look to your continuing guidance as we take AUW to its next stage of development.
Your own writing, pre-eminently informed by relevance to real issues, is a source of great inspiration for our staff and students – qualities that we believe gives your distinguished scholarship special and enduring force. It is not always that one can say this of economists. In your case, we can say it without qualification.
I certainly hope that this memorable conferment of an Honorary Doctorate Degree will be a significant momentum for enhancing the place of AUW globally. Many congratulations again and we sincerely welcome you as a distinguished member of AUW.