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Siebel Foundation Extends Siebel Scholars Program to China

Tsinghua University Joins Leading Graduate Schools

PALO ALTO, Calif.—September 14, 2009—The Siebel Foundation today announced it has expanded the Siebel Scholars program to recognize and engage China’s outstanding computer science graduate students.  Each year, five Siebel Scholars will be selected from Tsinghua University, Department of Computer Science and Technology, based on academic excellence and leadership and each will receive a $35,000 award for his or her final year of graduate studies.  These talented individuals join a community of 540 equally accomplished past and present Siebel Scholars who collaborate on initiatives to drive meaningful social change.

“We are honored to nominate our top computer science graduate students for the Siebel Scholars program,” said Gu Binglin, President, Tsinghua University.  “As Siebel Scholars, our students will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and collaborate with their peers and experts on issues of global importance.”

Tsinghua is one of China’s premier institutions, fostering talent and driving breakthrough research.  The university is host to a number of state, national, and Ministry of Education laboratories and engineering research centers.  Tsinghua University is renowned for excellence in a wide range of disciplines, from humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, and management, to education and art.  

“The Siebel Scholars represent a diverse community that brings together the top minds from business, computer science, and bioengineering, said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation.  “Expanding the Siebel Scholars program into China opens up new opportunities for the community by adding a unique global perspective.  We are proud to support these leaders as they collaborate and forge lifelong ties with their fellow Scholars.”

Each year, Siebel Scholars examine the world’s most pressing problems with heads of state, scientists, lawmakers, and experts in search of solutions.  Current Siebel Scholars and alumni of the program will convene in spring of 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to address the topic of climate change with world experts. 

The Siebel Foundation also today announced the expansion of the Siebel Scholars program to include leading bioengineering graduate programs from Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, San Diego.  Established by the Siebel Foundation in 2000, the Siebel Scholars program today comprises a growing community of 540 Scholars in business, computer science, and bioengineering.  Selected from among graduate students who rank in the top of their class, Scholars are chosen by the dean of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated qualities of leadership.  Siebel Scholars also serve as key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates.