BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schwarzman Scholars today celebrated the beginning of the school year for the second class of Scholars. The students have completed a two-week orientation before embarking on the 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. The second cohort of Scholars is made up of 126 of the world’s most promising future leaders, who have come together from 30 countries and 75 universities around the world and highly diverse backgrounds: from the United States military to the Chinese music industry.
Over the course of the year, they will engage in cross-cultural exchanges, immersive visits, and exposure to some of the most respected global leaders. Last year’s class hosted lectures by Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair, General David Petraeus, and Former U.S. Secretaries of the Treasury Henry Paulson and Jack Lew.
At the ceremony, remarks were given by United States Ambassador Terry Branstad, as well as Vice President and Provost of Tsinghua University, Yang Bin. The Scholars received congratulatory messages by video from Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City, and Ray Dalio, Chairman of Bridgewater Associates.
Stephen A. Schwarzman, in welcoming the second class of Schwarzman Scholars at the convocation ceremony and reflecting on the inaugural year of the program, said, “We are delighted to welcome our second class of Scholars to Beijing. They join a community of Scholars who will make up an influential alumni network dedicated to improving multi-national cooperation and understanding.”
Schwarzman Scholars is currently accepting applications for its third cohort. Submissions must be in by September 28th for consideration. For more information visit www.schwarzmanscholars.org/admissions.
About Schwarzman Scholars: Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $450 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $550 million endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students taking up residence in 2016. Learn more at www.schwarzmanscholars.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SchwarzmanScholars, and follow us on Twitter at @SchwarzmanOrg.