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Tara Subba Receives Schwarzman Scholarship

British International School HCMC Alumna, Tara Subba, receives inaugural Schwarzman Scholarship 2016


On Monday, 11th January 2016, the Schwarzman Scholars Programme announced the first scholarship winners to be chosen for one of the most selective postgraduate programmes in the world. We are incredibly proud to learn that Tara Subba, a BIS Alumna, has been selected for the programme.


 The Schwarzman Scholars programme is an innovative master’s degree that has been created in collaboration with a number of prestigious universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, and Tsinghua in Beijing. Drawing on the best academic institutions around the world, it will provide scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities, and is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. The inaugural class of Scholars will receive a fully funded scholarship to study at Tsinghua University beginning in August 2016.


CEOs, heads of state and university presidents, made up the selection committee that evaluated candidates on academic ability, leadership potential, ability to anticipate emerging trends and a desire to explore other cultures. 


Tara was selected from a pool of over 3,000 competitive applicants from around the world.  Of those selected, 44 percent are from the United States, 21 percent are from China and 35 percent hail from the rest of the world.


Mr. Schwarzman, chairman and co-founder of the Blackstone Group, the private equity and investment giant, started the programme with a goal of identifying, as he put it, “your best guess as future leaders of the world.”


Tara, who graduated from BIS in 2013, is originally from Indonesia and at 20 years old she is one of the youngest selected for this programme.  During her years at BIS HCMC her teachers remarked that she displayed exceptional leadership potential and extraordinary talent:


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After graduating at BIS, Tara entered Durham University as an undergraduate reading Politics and Philosophy. She worked closely with Durham Amnesty International and founded the St. Mary’s College Freedom Association. Her involvement in promoting infrastructural reconstruction and initiating cross-border humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal has become a catalyst for sustainable development in emerging countries and in their integration into the global community.


In a recent communication with BIS, Tara reflected on her years at the school, “I would not have thought of applying if I didn’t go through my Senior Leadership Team years at BIS, there's something in me which always reminds me that my leadership drive stems from my time with the BIS SLT, and from being inspired by the people who guided me, family and teachers.”


Looking towards her own future, she aims to hold a ministerial position in the Indonesian government or to work with the United Nations.  Her own learning experience that “marginal changes make all the difference” has undoubtedly formed the framework that drives her success, perseverance and ambition. 


Tara moves on to the next exciting chapter of her life with both determination and exhilaration quoting a very relevant Lao Tzu proverb "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.  


Good luck with your onward journey, from all of your BIS family.


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