New York and Beijing, April 23rd, 2015 – Schwarzman Scholars, founded by Blackstone CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Based at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, the highly selective, one-year Master’s degree program aims to bring together the brightest minds to explore and understand the economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s growth. The program is led by one of China’s most prominent economists, David Daokui Li, with an academic curriculum crafted by some of the most talented academic leaders from esteemed universities globally, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford. In addition to a core curriculum, scholars will focus on one of three academic disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international studies.
With a $350 million endowment, Schwarzman Scholars will be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors. The endowment will allow for fully-funded scholarships for all students, including travel costs and a personal stipend. All scholars will study and reside at Schwarzman College, a newly constructed state-of-the-art campus at Tsinghua University, designed to encourage close friendships, cross- cultural connections, and intellectual exchange.
This unparalleled opportunity will be extended to 100 students in its first year and 200 students each year thereafter, with 45% of scholars coming from the United States, 20% from China and 35% from the rest of the world. The program is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
“In order to create a more peaceful and prosperous future, it is crucial that the next generation of leaders forge deep relationships, authentic mutual understanding across cultures, and a dialogue of genuine respect,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman. “We are pleased to begin the process of recruiting the most exceptional young people, and to provide them with the resources necessary to grow into the leaders that will define their generation and generations to come.”
Officially launched in October of 2014, Schwarzman Scholars’ recruitment effort is building momentum globally. The first season of Schwarzman Scholars campus tours took place, with the global and China-based admissions teams visiting over 200 universities. Recruitment in Africa draws on individual universities as well as networks of young leaders from the continent to identify top talent in the region. An initial round of direct outreach via phone and email to leading universities in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana was well received, and a webinar organized for African candidates attracted more than 70 attendees. Conversations with networks such as Rhodes Mandela, the African Leadership Academy, and the Young African Leaders Initiative are helping raise awareness among potential candidates, and the program is well positioned to see strong applications from across Africa.
With the application now live on schwarzmanscholars.org, the rigorous selection process commences. In addition to evaluating applicants’ proven intellectual and academic ability, the admissions process is heavily focused on evaluating applicants’ leadership potential, strength of character, ability to anticipate paradigm changes, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit from, but also contribute to, the Schwarzman Scholars program. Finalists will be invited to an in-person regional interview.
Visit schwarzmanscholars.org for frequently asked admissions questions and instruction on how to apply.
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Program Details Announced for Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa Meeting, May 5-7 in Marrakech
New York, NY
Regional and global leaders from across sectors to address pressing challenges, including investing in youth; securing access to energy, food, and water; and expanding infrastructure for communities across the Middle East and Africa
Featured participants to include President Bill Clinton, Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation; Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania; Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Shimon Peres, The Ninth President of the State of Israel; Zainab Salbi, Founder, Nida’a Productions; Women for Women International; Mostafa Terrab, Chairman & CEO, OCP Group; Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Phuti Mahanyele, Chief Executive Officer, Shanduka Group (Pty) Ltd; Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman, Econet Wireless; Kennedy Odede, Founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities; Saba Al Mobasalat, Country Director, Jordan, Save the Children; Khalid Alkhudair, Chief Executive Officer, Glowork; Asma Mansour, President and Co-Founder, Tunisian Center for Social Entrepreneurship; and more.
NEW YORK – April 10, 2015
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) today announced details for the CGI Middle East & Africa Meeting, an event to be held May 5 – 7, 2015, in Marrakech, Morocco. His Majesty, King Mohammed VI welcomes the gathering which will bring together regional and global leaders from business, government, and civil society to spotlight regional successes and address a range of relevant issues including education; public health systems; youth employment; infrastructure; and water, food, and energy resources. The meeting is an opportunity for leaders to come together across sectors to examine and amplify the progress underway in two of the most dynamic regions of the world.
The CGI Middle East & Africa Meeting will build on the success of past CGI meetings—including CGI Asia in 2008 and CGI Latin America in 2013—to highlight regional successes and create a platform for leaders to drive further action. As with all CGI meetings, participants at CGI Middle East & Africa will work together to make Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address pressing global challenges. Since 2005, members of the CGI community have made nearly 3,200 Commitments to Action, improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. More than 80 of these commitments are specifically designed to improve lives in the Middle East and nearly 500 additional commitments positively impact people in Africa exclusively. The commitments include efforts to improve access to health care, create clean energy solutions for those at the base of the pyramid, and increase the full and equitable participation of girls and women in all parts of society.
At the meeting, key leaders from across the Middle East and Africa will participate in interactive working sessions around three action areas: Investing in Youth; The Future of Energy, Food, and Water; and Building Infrastructure for All.
In addition to the interactive working sessions, meeting participants will also join larger Plenary Sessions. Sessions at CGI Middle East & Africa will include:
- Connecting People for Growth, where business, government, and civil society leaders will explore how partnerships between and among people, countries, regions, and sectors can help scale the significant growth that the Middle East and Africa have achieved over the past decade, helping to build even stronger economies, drive innovation, and achieve prosperity for all;
- Infrastructure Challenges: Cities of the Future, where leaders will highlight ways to work together across sectors and industries to create sustainable cities and economic opportunities for the millions who live in urbanized landscapes in the Middle East and Africa;
- The Food-Energy-Water Nexus, where leaders will examine how investments in sustainable agricultural production, better integration with global supply chains, and more innovative access to water and energy can boost production to meet growing demand in the regions; and
- Women at the Forefront of Innovation, where leaders will explore how to enhance economic opportunities for women by harnessing the spread of mobile and Internet technology in the Middle East and Africa and improving access to finance, business training, and global markets.
Ahead of the CGI Middle East & Africa Meeting, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will visit the sites of several Clinton Foundation projects and CGI Commitments to Action underway in Africa, where President Clinton has established a legacy of work during and after his time in the White House.
In 1998, President Clinton took an 11–day trip to Africa–the longest visit by a sitting American President at that time. President Clinton’s trip followed a trip that Chelsea and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made the year before. In May 2000, he signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which led to a new era of opportunity for African countries, and he also pushed for larger and faster debt relief through the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. Additionally, the Clinton Administration invested heavily in the global fight against AIDS and Tuberculosis.
Since their initial trips, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton have continued to build upon their longstanding commitment to Africa through the work of the Clinton Foundation, providing investment, opportunity, and health access to underserved communities. In July 2012, both President and Chelsea Clinton traveled to Africa to visit Clinton Foundation sites in South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda, and in October 2012, Chelsea visited Nigeria for the launch of the Nigerian government’s Save One Million Lives Initiative to reduce child mortality. In 2013, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton returned, visiting Clinton Foundation projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Rwanda, and South Africa.
For more information, a complete list of featured participants, and the most up-to-date schedule, visit cgimiddleeastandafrica.org. Follow us on Twitter at @ClintonGlobal and on Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative for meeting news and highlights. The official meeting hashtag is #CGI. Plenary Sessions will also be live streamed during the meeting at new.livestream.com/CGI.