GCRF-COMPASS Cambridge partners with BrainGain Academy to invite applications for their Leadership program on Global Challenges in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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The program is a unique opportunity for those interested in engaging with global challenges and creating sustainable solutions BrainGain Academy

         The ten-day program, slated for February 9-19, 2020 for young adults and professionals, is inviting applications now. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2020.

New Delhi, January 07, 2020: GCRF COMPASS Cambridge has exclusively collaborated with  BrainGrain Academy for its ten-day “Leadership Program On Global Challenges. The program will take place in Cambridge, UK from February 9 to 19, 2020, run by academics and researchers from University of Cambridge and their global partners and collaborators, and will focus on global challenges and sustainability. The deadline to apply for the program is January 15, 2020. The program is highly competitive and will accept a select few students to participate.

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This program is organised by Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project on Comprehensive Capacity building in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia project supported by UK Research Councils, otherwise knowns as the GCRF COMPASS project. This is jointly managed by University of Kent and University of Cambridge in the UK, ADA University, Azerbaijan; Belarusian State University, Belarus; Tajik National University, Tajikistan and University of World Economic Diplomacy, Uzbekistan; in partnership with BrainGain Academy in India.

This highly competitive program for professionals, university students, civil servants, government officials and entrepreneurs will focus on the prevalent challenges today such as global economic crisis, climate change, health and well-being. World-class scientists, experienced and young, will help participants familiarise themselves with underlying and interconnected physical, sociological and economic processes behind upcoming technologies, yet to be reported in newspapers and blogs. These issues need to be tackled with comprehensive solutions which require an understanding of political systems and scientific knowledge.

The program will be taught by faculty and experts who link academic research with practical outcomes and is drawn from various key individuals working in a number of departments at University of Cambridge, Prof. Gil Lonzarich, Senior Professor, Department of Physics, Cavendish Labs; Dr. Patricia Alireza, Experimental Physicist and; Dr. Richard Sidebottom, Scholar at University of Cambridge’s Centre for Development Studies to name a few.

The vibrant and innovative environment which is intrinsic to the Cambridge experience will serve as a springboard for all those who attend this program and give them the confidence to explore new and exciting ideas that are needed for attending to global challenges important for all humanity. The program will also give its participants the opportunity to network with future leaders in academia, politics and the industry. Ultimately, this will help future researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders of the world today to take better and brilliant decisions for their business, countries and societies.

Dr. Siddharth Saxena, Chairperson of Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge says, “We are very excited to launch our program, in partnership with BrainGain Academy. Our objective is to provide the ultimate curated learning experience to the participants of the program, and I am confident that through our joint efforts, we will succeed. The program will provide the changemakers of the world, a platform to address challenges like the climate crisis using scientific solutions.”

Harjiv Singh, Founder and CEO of BrainGain Academy says, “We are honoured to collaborate with such a prestigious university for their short-term program. We, at BrainGain Academy, strongly believe that the program tackles all prevalent issues that need urgent attention. With its reputation for academic excellence and traditional scholarly values, University of Cambridge has cultivated 109 Nobel Laureates, 11 Fields Medallists, 7 Turing Award winners, and 14 British Prime Ministers as students, alumni, faculty and research staff. Combined with our expertise in attracting young talents, we think that the program will get an impressive outcome.”

The participants of the “Leadership Program on Global Challenges” will visit iconic landmarks of the university like Cavendish Labs where significant advances like the discovery of the DNA structure, electrons and neurons were made. They will also get to experience student life at University of Cambridge by going for trips to museums, picnics at Botanic Garden and go for meals and drinks at pubs in the campus.


BrainGain Academy is a global platform offering short-term, international cohort-based learning programs on college and university campuses. Our university partners include the University of Cambridge, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Arizona State University, Chatham University and Dutch Academy for Film and Photography, to name a few. We offer these global learning experiences to pre-college and college students and young professionals. We curate, develop and market experiential learning programs in partnership with leading global universities to offer new ways of learning for students. 


This Programme is organised by Comprehensive Capacity building in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia project under the Global Challenges Research Fund of the UK government, otherwise knowns as GCRF COMPASS project. GCRF COMPASS is managed by University of Kent and University of Cambridge in the UK, ADA University (Azerbaijan), Belarus State University (BSU), TNU (Tajik National University) and UWED (Uzbekistan).

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