Bloomberg helps fund global affairs institute as part of university's $4.5B campaign

Center to be named for Henry Kissinger

Johns Hopkins University is to launch a new international policy institute with the help of former New York Mayor and alum Michael Bloomberg.

Officials say the center will be named the Henry A. Kissinger Institute for Global Affairs—Kissinger is a long-time friend of Bloomberg's. The institute will focus on applying long-term historical lessons to global clashes, according to a university statement.

"There is a need for an approach in international relations education that transcends the narrow confines of short-run policymaking," says Ronald Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins.

"The challenges of today's world demand fresh thinking and new ideas based on historical perception, knowledge, and sound analysis," Kissinger said in a statement. "The School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins is uniquely positioned to tackle such challenges with a combination of contextual studies in economics, religion, and regional and cultural history with practical diplomacy," the Nobel Peace Prize recipient continued. 

Bloomberg, who formerly led the university's Board of Trustees, gave initial funding for the institute, which will be located in Washington, D.C. Officials say they plan to have 10 endowed chairs at minimum. The university and additional donors will match Bloomberg's undisclosed gift, according to school officials.

Ultimately, the school will be funded by $40 million of philanthropic investments—part of a $4.5 billion fundraising campaign announced in May 2013. So far, Johns Hopkins has secured $2.95 billion (Svrluga, "Grade Point," Washington Post, 4/9; Lorin/Kelly; BloombergBusiness, 4/9).

The takeaway: With help from former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Johns Hopkins University is creating a new international policy institute named for Henry Kissinger.

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