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5 August, 2015 - 10:58 By Tony Quested

Hague warns Chinese of cyber terror threat at Cambridge summit

Former Foreign Secretary William Hague

Former Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Chinese CEOs and entrepreneurs of the threat from cyber terrorism in a changing world, when he addressed a global leadership event run by The Møller Centre in Cambridge.

He told delegates from Oriental MIT that there were opportunities and threats from an evolving world and that China and the UK would benefit by standing shoulder to shoulder.

Discussing the next focus for China after recent rapid economic growth, he commented: “The world will be less stable in the next 20 years than it has been in the last 20 and the world will look to China to make a bigger contribution diplomatically, financially and militarily in the future.

“For example, we will need to increase co-operation against common global threats  such as climate change, terrorism and cyber crime. The latter will become a more serious problem with the growth of The Internet of Things and together we need to fight this.

“The UK and China are well suited to develop our already strong relationship to benefit each other. China can benefit from what the UK has to offer – the best education in the world, the best hi-tech innovation and deep expertise in areas such as climate change. The UK can benefit from what China can offer - markets and access to capital.”

The event was a continuation of The Møller Centre’s partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) – one of the oldest higher education institutions in China.

It delivered a leadership programme to around 50 Chinese CEOs and entrepreneurs as part of their 2015  Global CEO Programme which focused on science and technology.

SJTU is known as The Oriental MIT and is recognised as one of the ‘Top Four’ in the China National Universities ranking, its 2015 programme focused on how research and innovation within science & technology has become an integral part of our lives.

Gillian Secrett, CEO at The Møller Centre said: “We are very proud to have been working in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University on The Global CEO Programme for the last three years.

“In that period my team have designed, organised and delivered a series of leadership programmes to support over 150 CEOs and successful entrepreneurs who lead influential Chinese private businesses, many of which have annual revenues of over $5 billion.

“The focus this year was on science and technology, which is particularly relevant to us at Churchill College with our strength in mathematics, science and technology.”

Novel Prizewinner Professor Sir John Gurdon shared his success story with delegates –  from his early inspiration to be a scientist through to his current research and how this will change our lives in the future.

Other speakers included Sam Bose, founder and CEO of; Professor Archie Howie, former head of the Cavendish Laboratories and founding Fellow of Churchill College; Professor Sir Mike Gregory, head of IfM and Fellow of Churchill College; Andrew Riley, Archivist (Thatcher’s papers), Churchill Archive Centre and William Hague.

• SJTU runs more than 30 open programmes and has developed various bespoke training courses focusing on executive education and collaborating with world renowned universities and institutions. The Global Leaders Programme is run with The Møller Centre at Churchill College, the School of Continual Education at Oxford University and UC Berkeley HAAS Business School in California.

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