The promise is devoid of any complex. « We are preparing the leaders who will meet the challenges of the world in the 21st century...and beyond. ». Each year, one hundred young people selected for their intellectual and charismatic qualities will be trained. In 50 years, there will be 5,000 leaders on the planet specially trained to lead the world. This challenge is not that of a cult or an organization of enlightened people. No, it is pronounced by venerable Stanford University, the birthplace of the Silicon Valley intelligentsia; and the project already has over $750 million in funding. Enough to take it seriously.
Ahe program is called " Knight-Hennessy "Phil Knight, a Stanford alumnus and co-founder of Nike, funded the project to the tune of $400 million. It is, the university says, the " the largest single donation from an individual in the history of the university. ». John Hennessy is the current president of Stanford and says that $350 million has already been contributed by donations from wealthy alumni and benefactors. Enough manna to achieve their goal, clearly stated as follows: « We dream of a future where, in twenty, thirty or fifty years' time, hundreds of graduates, capable of thinking differently and solving problems, will work together to create a more welcoming and peaceful world. ".
Thus, at the dawn of its one-hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary, Stanford University wants to take the world's problems into its own hands. To that end, it plans to recruit 100 students of diverse nationalities each year who have already completed at least three years of graduate studies, previously selected by their home universities and who have distinguished themselves by their civic commitment and leadership. Selection criteria ? Well-made heads and an outstanding charisma. The successful candidates will receive a three-year scholarship to help them pay their Stanford tuition fees and support their daily lives. During their master's, doctoral, or professional training program, the scholarship recipients will receive additional instruction in leadership and innovation. John Hennessy said, "We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity. We will bring together outstanding students who will take advantage of the innovative academic environment at Stanford and then go on to lead complex governments, businesses, non-profit and other organizations where they will develop creative solutions to bring about positive change. ".
The programme focuses on innovation, creative problem-solving and entrepreneurship. Stanford says students will be immersed in a dynamic environment, benefiting from the university's location in Silicon Valley. Leaders who are well-versed in the most advanced technologies and able to reason with agility and flexibility to change the world and carry the credo of the Valley.
In other words, the objective is to constitute a caste of world leaders. A specially formatted caste, a seraglio of leaders imbued with the same model, who will have got to know each other throughout their schooling, will have acquired the same reflexes and will be able, when the day comes, to effectively activate the threads of their friendships.
In France, we are sporadically moved by our "Grandes Ecoles" which for decades have been training troops of high-ranking civil servants with well-honed brains but who are often so alien to the realities of the world. We are also moved by the bonds of complicity that form within these societies with their strange scent of secrecy and power. With this project Stanford goes much further. For the battalions that emerge from this mould are called upon to rule the world. ...in every field... Indeed, the ambition of this idea is not limited to politics or administration, but to all facets of life in society: medicine, science, environment, culture, business, NGOs, etc..
For those who are interested, applications are open from summer 2017 and the first school year will begin in autumn 2018.