Bern, Switzerland 16 April 2013
After several days in the predominantly French speaking part of Switzerland, today’s invitation to the University of Bern brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the country’s German speaking capital city. Prof Dr Martin Täuber, Rector of the University, received him as he arrived and introduced him to several colleagues before escorting him directly into the hall where he was to speak on the theme ‘Towards a Sustainable Future.’
In his introductory remarks the Rector explained that one of the University’s concerns is the state of the world and its potential for sustainable development. This includes studying disparities like those between North and South, rich and poor. He said the members of the University were excited to hear His Holiness’s views on these things. Science has had a huge impact on the human condition and will continue to be crucial to the future of the world. Students can learn about this in their studies, but they also need training in leadership and responsibility and there is a consensus in the University that His Holiness is an outstanding example of both.