Film of Gates Cambridge vision event released

  • July 23, 2012
Film of Gates Cambridge  vision event released

The film of the Gates Cambridge Vision for the Future event has been released and highlights speeches from the events as well as comments from Gates Cambridge Scholars and Alumni.

A short film of this summer's unveiling of the new vision for the Gates Cambridge Scholarships has been released.

The film includes footage of the event which was attended by over 250 academics, business and social leaders and Gates Cambridge Alumni and Scholars in June.

In the film, Gates Cambridge Scholars and Alumni talk about the impact the Scholarship has had on them and there are also excerpts of speeches by Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Gates Cambridge Trust Provost Professor Robert Lethbridge.

Professor Lethbridge talks about the importance of raising the visibility of the Scholarship programme, firstly to strengthen the field of applicants from across the world and, secondly, so that Scholars' careers “are enhanced by the professional recognition afforded by being for ever a Gates Scholar”.

He hopes that the programme will provide a model for future philanthropy and states: “This is going to be the most prestigious international scholarship” with Scholars not only becoming prime ministers and vice chancellors, but also “changing the parameters of knowledge”.

The event included a short videoed message from Bill Gates who says it is “an opportunity to celebrate what the Gates Cambridge programme has accomplished and a look ahead to the impact the programme can have for the future”.

He thanks the Scholars for their hard work and his father, Bill Gates senior, for his dedication to the programme. He says that his father was once asked what made him speechless. “He said his meetings with the awesome Gates Cambridge scholars made him speechless,” said his son. “They are people who are academically talented, socially engaged and committed to making the world a better place.”

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