Rishi Sunak: Studying in the US “changed my life”

Rishi Sunak, pictured here at 11 Downing Street in 2021 when he was British Chancellor of the Exchequer, studied business at Stanford University in the US. (© Simon Walker/HM Treasury)

Expanding opportunities is one of the lessons Rishi Sunak, Britain’s new prime minister, says he learned from his business studies in Silicon Valley.

Rishi Sunak received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2006. On 24 October, at the age of 42, he became the youngest Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in modern history and the first of Indian origin.

“At Stanford, you’re at the heart of an ecosystem and a culture unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere in the world,” said Rishi Sunak, at morning brew* in June. “Everyone has a desire to change the world, and people imagine the most ambitious dreams, and the ecosystem around [de la Silicon Valley] supports them in their efforts to achieve them. »

Studying in the USA made me more open* “, he had already confided earlier.

Rishi Sunak studied at Stanford during program Fulbright*, the US government’s flagship exchange program. The Fulbright scholarship was launched in the wake of World War II. The goal was to prevent future conflict by providing opportunities for educational and cultural exchange and contact between Americans and citizens of other countries.

Since its inception more than 75 years ago, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 400,000 American students, academics, teachers, artists, and professionals—and their foreign counterparts—to study, teach, and conduct research abroad. Citizens from more than 160 countries participated.

Today, Rishi Sunak has joined the ranks of 40 other former participants* in the Fulbright program after holding the position of head of state or head of government.

Before studying in the US, Rishi Sunak worked in finance. He applied to Stanford to broaden his horizons and train for public service, says Derrick Bolton, of the Stanford Business School, i Mercury News.

At Stanford, Rishi Sunak met the man who would become his wife: Akshata Murty. They stayed in California for several years after graduation. Back in the UK, Rishi Sunak continued his career in finance before being elected as an MP in 2015. “My experience in the US changed my life,” he said in 2021.

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer (the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer), Rishi Sunak oversaw the development of the plan to help communities, businesses and unemployed workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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