*Speaking in Hong Kong, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it’s unlikely that she will return to politics, confessing that she’s content working as a professor at Stanford University, where she’s taught political science since leaving the State Department in 2009.
“I’m quite content to spend my life helping young people find themselves, I’ve had my fill of politics,” she said, according to AFP. “I’m a very happy university professor… the best thing about being a university professor is that you see young people as they’re being shaped and molded toward their own future and you have a chance to be a part of that.”
As The Huff Post notes, Rice, 60, was the first female African-American to serve as U.S national security adviser from 2001 to 2005 under George W. Bush before assuming leadership of the State Department following Colin Powell’s departure.
Rice was speaking at the launch of a new broad-ranging prize set up by Hong Kong property tycoon and casino owner Lui Che-woo. According to a Yahoo report, the HK$60 million ($7.75 million) Lui Che Woo Prize for World [Civilization honors] achievements “which make the world a better and more sustainable place”.
“I believe besides technology, we should [emphasize] the eco-system, the [civilization] and the respect of others,” said Lui. “I hope the [younger] generation can gradually understand how to [set aside] differences and enjoy the world.”
According to the report, the focus of the prize will change every year under the broad categories of sustainable development, welfare of mankind and the “promotion of positive life attitude”, starting in 2016.
“One thing that education can do is it can provide us with an opportunity to understand one another better, and so while I’ve spent a lot of my time in the world of politics, I’ve always felt that it is really not politics that will solve this for us,” Rice, a council member of the newly established prize said. “It’s really our betterment of individuals and then the commitment of those individuals to a collective better life for humankind.”