The Blavatnik School of Government is a global school pursuing a vision of better government, stronger societies and richer human opportunities across the world. Established at the University of Oxford in 2010, the School was made possible through the generosity of US-based businessman Leonard Blavatnik. Its doors first opened in 2012 to students studying for its flagship one-year Master of Public Policy degree. It is now also possible to study for a doctoral degree in public policy. 

‘We envision a world better led, a world better served, a world better governed,’ says Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School. ‘The School seeks to equip leaders - present and future - with the knowledge, experiences and a global peer group which will help them to transform the opportunities of those they serve.’

The School recruits the most outstanding students in the world to become part of its global network of peers – people with whom they can expand their knowledge, exchange professional insights and create life-long learning opportunities. 

The Master of Public Policy’s innovative curriculum brings real-world experience from multiple sectors, regions and disciplines into the classroom. An example is the Policy Challenge, which immerses students into a real-life situation where they have to prepare briefings for senior ministers on a particular challenge they are facing in their country. The DPhil programme brings outstanding scholars to Oxford to study for a policy-focused research degree that will train them to succeed at the very highest levels of office as policy practitioners. The School’s short courses and workshops provide opportunities for senior practitioners to experience a period of intensive study and knowledge exchange on specific challenges they face in their professions. This is supplemented further by a dynamic programme of events with high profile speakers, such as Atifete Jahaga, the President of Kosovo, General David Petraeus, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google. 

‘The funding we have received from Len Blavatnik, and increasingly from other supporters who believe in the importance of improving government, has made all of this possible. The financial security afforded by these benefactions means that we can build and develop research programmes that tackle the important issues which impact people across the world,’ Dean Woods explains. ‘In addition, support for scholarships means that we are able actively to recruit people of transformative potential from every part of the world.’

We envision a world better led, a world better served, a world better governed.

The Blavatnik School also has a fast-growing portfolio of academically excellent and policy relevant research. Professor Sir Paul Collier is a world-renowned academic at the Blavatnik School, who has been leading a new project funded by the Rush Foundation, called RethinkHIV.

‘The project is a collaboration among four universities, including Oxford, that aims to bring together a mix of leading health, economics and development experts to respond to the challenge of developing a new financing framework for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It requires a whole new way of thinking about the prevention and treatment of this disease,’ says Professor Collier. ‘It’s the kind of project that can only come about through the vision, commitment and generosity of an external funder like the Rush Foundation. It’s also a very exciting thing to be a part of,’ he adds.

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