Dare to differ

  • October 4, 2013
Dare to differ

Leaders who dare to be different will be the theme of next year's Global Scholars Symposium. An information and recruitment session takes place later this month.

Leaders who dare to challenge the status quo will be the focus of the next annual conference of the Global Scholars Symposium which opens for recruits later this month.

The Symposium  was founded in 2008 by the Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge and speakers have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Its purpose was to connect international scholars studying in the UK to share their wide variety of interests and expertise.  The GSS has been jointly coordinated by scholars from across these programmes.

The theme of next year’s Symposium, which will be hosted by Rhodes Scholars at the University of Oxford from 16-18 May, is ‘Dare to Differ’. The theme reflects the fact that many of the world’s most influential people are people who were willing to challenge the status quo and act in the face of opposition and discouragement. Across three days of speakers, dialogues, panels, and interdisciplinary workshops the Symposium will aim to engage and inspire scholars to reflect on what they can do to take a stand to improve their communities.

The GSS 2014 executive team will be hosting an information and recruitment session on 21 October from 7-9pm where scholars can learn more about the event and how they can get involved. The event will take place in the Gates Room at the University Centre.

The Global Scholars Symposium consists of scholars studying on Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Chevening, Clarendon, Weidenfeld, Commonwealth and Gates Scholarships in the United Kingdom. His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke at last year’s Symposium and other speakers have included Wanjira Mathai, former prime minister Paul Martin, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Dr. Joseph Nye, Dominic Barton, Lord Christopher Patten and Professor Jeffery Sachs.

For more information, click here. If you have any questions feel free to contact the GSS 2014 executive at: info@globalscholars.co.uk

Latest News

Affecting change for the Māori community

Self-determination lies at the centre of Māori culture. “It’s a way of life,” says Chris Tooley. That idea is also at the heart of his PhD studies at Cambridge and his subsequent work in Parliament and in the community. Chris grew up with a strong sense of being part of the Māori community. He has ancestral […]

On the COVID frontline

Three Gates Cambridge scholars who have been on the medical frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic will be speaking about their experiences at a virtual event next weekend. The event, organised by the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association, will be moderated by Elizabeth Dzeng, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in the […]

New game tackles Covid conspiracies

A new online game that puts players in the shoes of a purveyor of fake pandemic news is the latest tactic in the UK Government’s efforts to tackle the deluge of coronavirus misinformation that is misleading many and costing lives across the world. Launched to the public today, the Go Viral! game has been developed by the […]

“Democracy does not work on a ‘trust me’ basis”

When Jennifer Gibson started her MPhil at Cambridge in 2001 as part of the inaugural class of Gates Scholars, no-one knew what it meant to be a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Twenty years later, Jennifer is now a human rights lawyer focused on national security issues, something she never could have anticipated, but which she credits in no small part […]