Throughout its 175-year history, Mount Holyoke has established a reputation as an exceptionally global institution. Today, more than 26 percent of students come from more than 70 countries, while alumnae live and work in more than 100 countries. President Lynn Pasquerella ’80—Mount Holyoke’s 18th president—continues to advance the College’s international connections and its support of women’s education worldwide.
In January 2011, Pasquerella made her first presidential visit to Asia, where she met with Mount Holyoke alumnae and spoke on "Liberal Learning and Purposeful Engagement in the World" at the Chinese International School in Hong Kong. Earlier this year, Pasquerella, along with Associate Professor of Art Rie Hachiyanagi and three Mount Holyoke students, traveled to Ochanomizu University in Tokyo to discuss women's leadership with representatives of three select women's colleges: Ewha Women's University, South Korea; Collegio Nuovo, Italy; and Nara Women's University, Japan.
Pasquerella again traveled to Asia in June 2012. Her itinerary included:
Nanjing, China: June 8–10
Women’s Education Worldwide Conference
Gender Issues in Higher Education: Global and Local Experience
Founded in 2003 by Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges, Women’s Education Worldwide brings together leaders of women’s colleges from around the world.
Shanghai, China: June 11
Alumnae Reception, Westin Bund Center
Beijing, China: June 12
Alumnae Reception, Dongcheng District
Seoul, Korea: June 14
Visit to Ewha Women’s University
Alumnae Reception, Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas
Seoul, Korea: June 15
Visit to Korean Student Aid Foundation