BSG Alumni

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Bruno and his family in front of the British Museum, London.

Plan ahead and go with the flow: Lessons for studying for a Master of Public Policy with family

When I first thought about doing a master degree, a big part of the motivation was to give my kids the opportunity to study abroad. The benefits of a full year of new adventures in a foreign country is hard to measure and also tough to visualise. Learning another language […]

by × 17 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Micrograph of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Antimicrobial Resistance: Confronting a crisis on an international scale

“Antimicrobial resistance is a crisis that must be managed with the utmost urgency. As the world enters the ambitious new era of sustainable development, we cannot allow hard-won gains for health to be eroded by the failure of our mainstay medicines.” – Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization According to […]

by × 08 November 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Our alumna Dorkina Myrick at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance, the culmination of her MPP summer project.

Politics and policy: My summer project at the UK Department of Health

This past summer marked the 20th anniversary of my first visit to the United Nations (UN). I remember first walking into the UN complex during a family trip. We promptly joined a tour and were fortunate to be assigned a guide who was deeply knowledgeable about the inner workings of […]

by × 08 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

On poverty of purpose and moral leadership

On poverty of purpose and moral leadership

In the past week we had the pleasure to have the Blavatnik School of Government’s Dean Ngaire Woods as a guest lecturer at Schwarzman College (Tsinghua University) sharing various lessons, from global governance issues to the challenges in current political leadership. Personally, the lectures brought back a lot of memories […]

by × 03 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the campaign in 2016. Source; Wikimedia.

Three ways in which technology is shaping the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is the most technologically advanced election in history. Both candidates have different strategies and different styles, and they are leveraging different kinds of tools but one is similar: both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump recognise the substantial impact of technology on their race to the […]

by × 25 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Third-party information as a tax tool

Third-party information as a tax tool

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”, said Benjamin Franklin. Taxes have always been frowned upon and tax collectors have been vilified and despised, except probably by Christ (and since he came for the scum of the earth, this is the exception that […]

by × 17 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Emergency room. Source: flickr U.S. Navy photo

What the emergency room taught me about being overworked

It was a hectic Saturday afternoon in the emergency room of a major Berlin hospital. The list of unseen patients was long, the hallways astir with nurses and doctors juggling diverse tasks and patients. I quickly greeted my busy colleagues and they briefed me on what had priority—no time for […]

by × 10 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Window to the World: View of the Oxford University Press from the Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Oxford University Press vs a photocopy shop in Delhi: The difficulty in arguing fairness

Sitting right in front of the iconic Oxford University Press (OUP), is Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where my classmates (from 55 countries) and I spent the last 12 months grappling with difficult questions of public policy. Our cohort did not shy away from a heated discussion. You could see […]

by × 19 September 2016 ×