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Dec. 6, 2023

The Clintons’ visit to Swansea University puts focus on leadership for future generations

Swansea UniversityFormer US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former US President Bill Clinton, shared their views about the challenges facing future leaders with a packed audience at Swansea University’s Great Hall.

Back in Swansea for the first time since 2019, Secretary Clinton was joined by President Clinton for a public event hosted by Swansea University and supported by the Welsh Government.

The couple were guests of honour at a special discussion which focused on current global challenges. They were joined on stage by the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford MS, and the Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, Professor Paul Boyle, for the conversation, which also emphasised the importance of engaging young people in leadership roles.

The 600-strong audience, which included Seren Network students from local schools and further education colleges, heard the former US Secretary of State touch on a wide-ranging series of issues including national identity and nationalism, the climate crisis and challenges posed by future technological developments.

Clinton also urged young people to follow their ambitions, even in the face of difficulties, saying, “If you think you can do a good job and you think you can make a difference then you’ve got to get out there and try. I live by the idea that you take criticism seriously but not personally. You have to develop the confidence not to be overwhelmed by negative attacks and advice.”

She added, “Let’s try to get leaders who are willing to be held accountable who take responsibility for their service, what they do and what they stand for. We need citizenship not just leadership.”

During their time in Swansea, Secretary and President Clinton also took part in a fundraising event in support the University’s Sanctuary Scholarships programme, which provides opportunities for people seeking sanctuary in the UK to access higher education.

Secretary Clinton, who has a family connection to Wales, first visited Swansea University in 2017 and has since returned several times including to meet students on the Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholarship programme.

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Content added on 6th December 2023. 

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