Technology and globalisation have changed the way we live and work. Tomorrow’s leaders need to be cross culturally aware and astute; as comfortable in London and New York as in Hong Kong or Rwanda.
The rich cultural diversity of the students on the Laidlaw Scholarship programmes gives members a world of networking opportunities – meeting and collaborating, both virtually and in person, with students and supervisors from universities as far apart as St. Andrews, Dublin, Toronto and Hong Kong.
As our scholars and alumni interact with each other, exchanging ideas, sharing problems and suggesting solutions; our aim is to facilitate a network of ambitious, brave, curious and smart young people who can support each other as they become the next generation of leaders and committed global citizens.
Because to be a global citizen categorically does not mean being a citizen of nowhere. We reject this as dangerous, and errant nonsense. It means that humanity has global responsibilities, obligations and of course shared interests. We are better when we experience other cultures and norms. We are better when we open ourselves up to learn new things. It is when we think we have all the answers in our own closed space, and experience, that we limit what we are able to achieve.
The Laidlaw Foundation encourages networking through global research teams, cross university leadership training and small group work, leadership-in-action expeditions made up of scholars from different universities around the world and through our on-line expert network: laidlawscholars.network
This social utility tool enables undergraduate scholars, business school scholars, the faculty and partners who support them, and Laidlaw alumni to share their expertise, meet ambitious peers, collaborate on research projects, mentor their successors and inspire change for a better present.