Published By Tenzin Saldon
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Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the Oxford Union, 31 October 2016.

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the Oxford Union, 31 October 2016.

LONDON: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay yesterday visited the University of Westminster and addressed about fifty under-graduate and post-graduate students of Politics and International Relations.

Sikyong spoke about the uniqueness of Tibetan experimentation with democracy in exile, its strengths and challenges. After his talk, Sikyong answered a series of questions posed by the students. His talk was well received by the students, who expressed their thanks.

In the afternoon Sikyong travelled an hour-long journey from London to Merton College, Oxford. Upon his arrival at the oldest college in Oxford University, Sikyong was given a tour of the campus including a visit to the oldest library, dating back to the 12th century.
Merton College had invited Sikyong for a talk event for their students. Sikyong spoke about democracy in exile and the Middle Way Approach as a solution to the Tibet issue. His speech was well received by the room cramped with young students, who also engaged Sikyong with their interesting questions.

Sikyong was then led onto the college dining room where a High Table Dinner was organised by the Warden of Merton College Sir Martin Taylor in his honour. The dinner was attended by the Proctor, Fellows and Heads of Departments.

Later, Sikyong was escorted to the Oxford Union, where he was received by the Union President Noah Lachs and his team. The Union attracts the most well-renowned speakers from all walks of life and especially in the world of politics: Former guests include former US Presidents: Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and the UK Prime Ministers: Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Edward Heath, Sir John Major and David Cameron. Other international leaders and notable figures include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Theresa May, Malala Yousafzai and Nancy Pelosi.

After a brief formal photo session, Sikyong was led onto the venue, to a rousing welcome from a full house of young students. Although it was a Halloween night, over 300 students had come to listen to Sikyong’s talk.

Sikyong gave an elaborate talk on the topic ‘Rise of China, what about Tibet?’. As Sikyong concluded his speech, the whole room erupted with a long and loud applause of over 300 students. He also engaged in a lively Q&A session, moderated by the Union President. At the end of this session also the students cheered on and made their appreciation felt with much applause. Students also followed the Sikyong and individually thanked him and requested pictures with him. In brief, the whole-day talking series grabbed huge amount of awareness and interest on the Tibetan issue.

-Report filed by Office of Tibet, London-

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking on 'Uniqueness of Tibetan experimentation with democracy in exile, its strengths and challenges' at the University of Westminster, 31 October 2016.

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking on ‘Uniqueness of Tibetan experimentation with democracy in exile, its strengths and challenges’ at the University of Westminster, 31 October 2016.


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