The Kyoto Prize is coming to Oxford.
On 9 May 2016 the Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson attended a press conference in Tokyo to announce an important new collaboration with the Inamori Foundation. From May 2017 we will bring the laureates of the Kyoto Prize to Oxford on an annual basis to feature in a high profile event that will engage students and academics with the achievements and ideas of the laureates in a public event.
The Kyoto Prize was established in 1985 by Kazuo Inamori, founder of top Japanese company Kyocera. The Prize is awarded annually in three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences and Arts and Philosophy. Past laureates include Professor Shinya Yamanaka, Sir Antony Hoare, Maurice Béjart and Dame Jane Goodall.
The Kyoto Prize at Oxford will be based at the Blavatnik School of Government, one of Oxford’s youngest and most vibrant departments and which aims to improve the quality of government and public policy-making worldwide. The School shares many values with the Inamori Foundation particularly in their aspiration to inspire, educate and connect individuals who strive for the greater good of humankind and society.
The first Kyoto Prize at Oxford will take place on 9 – 10 May 2017. The laureates will participate in lectures, panel discussions and celebratory events, and digital content will allow people worldwide to engage in debate around the work of the laureates and the themes that underlie the Kyoto Prize.
In the photograph (left to right): Managing Director Mr Himono and Executive Vice-President Ms Inamori-Kanazawa, both of the Inamori Foundation; Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Richardson; Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government Professor Woods; British Ambassador Hitchens; COO Mr Miller of the Blavatnik School.