King’s College London today launches a £500 million fundraising campaign to help the institution develop its research into pressing global problems such as climate change mitigation and breakthroughs in leukaemia and Alzheimer’s.
World questions | KING’S answers is the university’s largest ever campaign and is chaired by former Prime Minister, Sir John Major. It has already raised nearly £200 million in the private phase of the campaign: today the public phase is launched with three simultaneous events in London, New York and Hong Kong. The events will be chaired by David Dimbleby and supported by high-profile names including King’s alumnus Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The fourth oldest university in England, King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world, according to the 2010 QS international world rankings, and was named The Sunday Times ‘University of the Year 2010/11’ .
Speaking ahead of the launch Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s College London, said: “We are delighted to already be supported by a wide range of high-profile individuals and alumni. We hope that this campaign will inspire people to hope for a better world and demonstrate what role universities can play in creating it.”
King’s is streaming the event live from 12.30 GMT, so alumni and friends around the world can watch. The campaign also has its own Twitter account at @kingsanswers.
Photo: King’s College London has played a major role in many modern advances including the discovery of the structure of DNA. swanksalot on flickr.com