The University of Oxford has announced that ten new scholarships are to be made available to graduates admitted for study at the Blavatnik School of Government. It means at least one- third of the students in the School’s first cohort in 2012 could each receive full funding of up to a maximum of £47,250.
The scholarships programme is being developed to ensure that the very best students in the world attend the Blavatnik School, regardless of their financial circumstances. The ten scholarships will cover all tuition fees and living costs for students taking the School’s innovative one-year Master of Public Policy degree.
Five of the scholarships for the school will be jointly funded by the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme, administered by the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and the Chevening Scholarship scheme, funded by the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Chevening-Weidenfeld Scholarships will be open to candidates from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India and Indonesia.
Lord Weidenfeld said: ‘As President of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, which runs the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme, and as Co-Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School, I am delighted that these two initiatives have come together to offer future leaders from transition economies the opportunity to study public policy at this great new institution. I am grateful to the FCO for its generous support of the Weidenfeld-Chevening Scholarships and look forward to our successful collaboration.
The University of Oxford and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have also announced a new scholarship for two Hong Kong students each year, funded by Hong Kong philanthropist Walter Kwok Ping Sheung. Additionally, the Blavatnik School of Government will fund three scholarships for successful candidates from any part of the world.
Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: ‘We are enormously grateful for the funding opportunities provided to those wanting to study at the Blavatnik School of Government. We hope this very generous funding package will attract the world’s very best students to Oxford where they will be trained as future world leaders, whether in government, non-governmental organisations or the private sector.’
The Blavatnik School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) is an intensive 50-week course running from mid-September to the end of August. It combines Oxford’s renowned academic excellence and traditional teaching with practical skills workshops, intensive modules, and master classes taught by senior officials and policy experts. In future, the School also plans to offer executive education courses, allowing current practitioners to benefit from the Blavatnik School’s global approach and Oxford’s best policy research.
The School is already accepting applications and is looking to admit practitioners and students from across the world who have an outstanding academic background and aspire to contribute to the public good in their country, region or internationally. The first round of applications for 2012 will close on 20 January 2012 followed by a second round of applications with a deadline of 9 March 2012.
The Blavatnik School of Government will begin accepting students in 2012, thanks to a £75 million endowment by American industrialist and philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik – one of the most generous donations in the University’s 900-year history. The University is also contributing resources, including underwriting an additional £26 million for the School’s new building. The building, designed by internationally renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2015.
The School will teach the practice of government and leadership in ways which will strengthen communities, create opportunities and foster cooperation across the world through a series of courses with a unique balance of the humanities, social sciences, law, science, technology, health, finance, medicine and ethics.
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