Babson College and Dar Al-Hekma College have signed a cooperation agreement to support women’s leadership and entrepreneurship.

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Babson College and Dar Al-Hekma College have signed a cooperation agreement to support women’s leadership and entrepreneurship.

 President Suhair H. Al Qurashi and President-elect Kerry Healey (both seated) sign the agreement.

"The agreement will be instrumental in advancing women's leadership and entrepreneurship at Dar Al-Hekma, which is aligned with our mission to cultivate accomplished women, leaders and entrepreneurs," said Dr. Suhair H. Al Qurashi, President of Dar Al-Hekma.

“I look forward to our collaboration,” said Dr. Kerry Healey, President-elect of Babson, who signed the agreement after addressing nearly 200 member of the College’s graduating class in Jeddah. “Your graduates virtually glow with ambition and talent.”

Babson and Dar Al-Hekma have previously partnered with other institutions to deliver the U.S.-Saudi Women's Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Babson is the latest institution to partner with Dar Al-Hekma. Others include

• Teachers’ College, Columbia University;

• Lehigh University;

• Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University;

• Haas School of Business, and School of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; and

• College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado, Denver.

Dar Al-Hekma College is a private, non-profit institution of higher education established in 1999 as a private college for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The College offers bachelor’s degree programs in the School of Business, Law and Diplomacy, Design and Architecture, and Education and Allied Sciences; and an MBA program at the graduate level. The College is nationally accredited as a non-profit institution of higher education under the Ministry of Higher Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Visit

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By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 06/25/2013 06:00