See the highlights from the official launch of Schwarzman Scholars

September 12, 2016

This weekend, Schwarzman Scholars welcomed guests from around the world to celebrate the program’s official opening. Over two days at the newly completed Schwarzman College, leaders from business, politics and academia discussed the future of international leadership, and welcomed the inaugural class of one of the most selective post graduate programs in the world.

At the event, the program announced that it has raised a record $435 million, making it the single largest internationally-funded philanthropic effort in China’s history. The program also unveiled a new partnership with the Oxford University-based Rhodes Trust to co-develop a next generation leadership experience.

You can see more images from the weekend here.

The event was the culmination of a three-year effort that has received global recognition and support. Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama both re-affirmed their support for the program in statements delivered at the event. To watch the full event, click here.

Many dignitaries attended as well, including Madame Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of China, Max Baucus, the United States Ambassador to China, and Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia. Additional messages of support were delivered by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former United States President George W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic.

To watch select messages and more, click here.

During his remarks, Steve Schwarzman reflected on the origins of the program and acknowledged the supporters who had helped turn an idea into the single largest philanthropic effort in China’s history. He also praised the inaugural class of Scholars and reaffirmed his belief in the importance of greater international understanding. You can read his full remarks here.

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Schwarzman College

The event also gave guests the opportunity to tour the newly opened Schwarzman College, one of the most advanced academic facilities in the world. You can see more images of Schwarzman College here. There is also now a virtual tour to explore the campus from your desktop or mobile device.

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Schwarzman Scholars also held two panels on the future of higher education and global leadership in the 21st century. We were honored to host the presidents of Yale, Cambridge, Tsinghua and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, as well as lead a conversation between Dr. John Hood of Rhode Trust and Steve Schwarzman.

You can watch both panels below.

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To read more about the event, see below: