As part of the inaugural convocation, Schwarzman Scholars hosted a panel with presidents from leading universities from around the world.
- Leszek Borysiewicz, 345th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
- Peter Salovey, President of Yale
- Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University
- Zhou Ji, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering
- Nigel Thrift, Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars
Moderated by Yang Bin, Vice President & Provost of Tsinghua University