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About the campaign


On 3 November, 2010, we launched our World questions|King’s answers campaign. We announced our intention to raise an ambitious £500 million by 2015 at events in London, New York and Hong Kong. We made our purpose known; we stood up and said these are questions we can help answer.

We made a pledge to use our expertise to make a significant contribution to deliver solutions to some of the big questions we face globally, questions that affect us all. We did this because we are one of the world’s leading research universities, because institutions such as ours have a duty to serve society, to use our considerable knowledge to make greater progress toward solving some of the greatest challenges modern society faces.

We cannot answer every question; we have focused our attention on areas in which we have existing expertise. We have made some outstanding achievements in the areas of Cancer, Children’s health, Neuroscience & mental health, Leadership & society and Global power, because we have world-leading academics, pioneering scientists, outstanding clinicians and the best and brightest students.

  • We have developed a vaccine to stop leukaemia from coming back.
  • We have come up with a way to diagnose Autism in fifteen minutes using a brain scan.
  • We were the first to perform an operation on a child’s heart guided by MRI.
  • We got Arab and Israeli academic institutions to work together.
  • We are offering 75 Ivy League style scholarships to the most promising legal scholars.
  • We have opened the first academic institution devoted to the study of palliative care.

November 2012 marked the halfway point in our World questions|King’s answers campaign. We have made progress, but there is still so much to do.

  • Because one in three of us will get cancer in our lifetimes.
  • Because four million children die each year around the world within the first 28 days of their lives.
  • Because one new case of dementia is diagnosed every three minutes.
  • Because inequalities and insecurity in one state affect us all.
  • Because future leaders need to develop moral intelligence if we are to have a fairer and more just world.
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