The 21st Century poses complex public policy challenges.
Climate change, economic development, international aid, healthcare and many other issues will require tomorrow’s leaders to adopt a global perspective and harness diverse approaches.
In 2012, the University of Oxford established the Blavatnik School Government, the first such school in the UK. Housed in a striking building designed by internationally renowned architects Herzog and de Meuron, the School helps students from around the world develop the academic knowledge and professional skills to address these challenges.
The Schools offers the Master of Public Policy (MPP), an intensive one-year graduate degree with lectures and seminars as well as practical workshops and professional skills sessions taught by external experts. Students from 110 different countries and territories have enrolled on the course to date. The Blavatnik School also provides scholars with a doctorate course in public policy (DPhil in Public Policy) and bespoke executive courses for senior policymakers.
The School is continually looking to innovate and has just announced Oxford University’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which will run from February 2017. From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding economic development is led by Sir Paul Collier, the School’s Professor of Economics and Public Policy. The online course examines the vital role government plays in economic development, analysing the political, social and economic factors that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity.