AUW’s formal relationship with the University of Basel began in January 2022 when the University of Basel became the first and, so far, the only university to extend scholarships for Afghan students who were then being evacuated to AUW to overcome bans imposed on women’s education in Afghanistan. Today, AUW, with universities in Afghanistan closed to women, is the single-largest host of Afghan female university students with close to 500 students already enrolled and another 500 expected to join within the year. Recently, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh met with a group of Afghan students at the Bangladesh Parliament and declared her unequivocal support for AUW’s initiative in support of Afghan women’s education. “You are all welcome to Bangladesh,” the Prime Minister said to the five Afghan women from AUW who met with her. She reaffirmed her own belief that Islam calls for equal treatment of women and men and no opportunity given to a man should be denied to a woman. She indicated that she would no longer be quiet on this affront that denies women equal opportunity.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andrea Schenker-Wicki was educated at ETH Zurich; she earned a licentiate in Business Administration at the University of Zurich; and a doctorate degree in the University of Fribourg where her thesis focused on crisis management decision concepts as they related to countermeasures to reduce ingestion dose after an accidental release of radioactivity.
Her habilitation thesis examined performance measurements and performance indicators in the evaluation of the performance of universities. She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.
Prior to her appointment at Basel, she was a full professor in Business Administration at the University of Zurich where she also served as Vice Rector of Law and Economics.
She serves (or served) on numerous committees and boards across Europe including as President of the Advisory Board of the Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education; and as a Member of the Austrian Science Board.
Professor Andrea Schenker-Wicki’s visit to AUW is particularly significant in light of AUW’s recent initiative to explore the establishment of a comprehensive medical college and hospital and the supporting life sciences education and research as Basel is the home of two of the largest pharmaceutical houses in the world – Novartis and Roche.