Ngaire Woods

Celebrating Kiwi Success – Ngaire Woods

? New York Times

A Kiwi has been appointed as Dean of the Oxford’s new Blavatnik School of Government. It is Ngaire Woods:

In the days when Britannia still ruled the waves, and the men who ruled the British Empire learned the arts of public policy by studying the classics of ancient Greece and Rome, Ngaire Woods would have been an unlikely choice to head an Oxford school of government.

Yet the 49-year-old New Zealand native, who arrived in?Britain?as a Rhodes Scholar and taught international relations at Harvard before returning to Oxford, is unabashed in proclaiming that her mission as head of the new?Blavatnik School of Government?is to assemble and train a new global elite.

?Until this century, global leadership has really been defined in very narrow terms ? essentially as something contained in a relationship between Britain and the United States,? Dr. Woods said. ?We aim to be a global school from Day 1. Our student body will be international. And they will be learning from Brazil, from Kenya, from Thailand, from China ? as well as from Europe and the United States.?

Opened in September 2010 after a ?75 million, or $119 million, donation from Leonard Blavatnik ? a Russian-American industrialist reputed to be the sixth richest man in Britain ? the school has just admitted its first class of 30 students, chosen from 480 applicants in about 80 countries.

?We were looking for outstanding academic ability and a demonstrated commitment to public service. But we were also looking for impact ? people who are ready to lead and can deliver,? Dr. Woods said.

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