Donation of £75 million will create Blavatnik School of Government to prepare future leaders from the UK and around the world.
Billionaire U.S. industrialist Len Blavatnik is known to have a passion for higher education. He has donated his time and energy to ensure the progress of learning at some of the major universities in the world and currently sits on boards at Cambridge University, Harvard University, and Tel Aviv University.
With this in mind, the latest bit of Len Blavatnik news should come as little surprise. It has been recently reported that Mr. Blavatnik has donated £75 million to Oxford University in England to create a new school for government. The new Blavatnik School of Government will help to prepare future leaders of the UK (and other countries) to provide the type of powerful, decisive leadership needed in the 21st century.
Many Oxford alumni have risen to power within the UK. David Cameron recently became the 26th Oxford graduate to become Prime Minister. Others have included Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Edward Heath. Many other leaders from around the world have matriculated at Oxford and taken the lessons learned back to their home countries. Funds donated by Mr. Blavatnik will be used to build a home for the school along with paying for 40 academic posts and hiring a dean to run the school.
The fact that Mr. Blavatnik would make such as generous donation is no surprise. A self-made billionaire, Mr. Blavatnik has used a considerable amount of his personal wealth for philanthropic causes. The Blavatnik Family Foundation has made many significant contributions to worthy causes in recent years. Among the cultural entities that the foundation supported to are the British Museum, Tate Modern, Royal Opera House, National Portrait Gallery and Museum of Modern Art. In addition, the Blavatnik Family Foundation has teamed with the New York Academy of Sciences to create the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists to honor outstanding young scientists working in a variety of fields.