April 9, 2019

Yale to launch School of Global Affairs

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Yale University President Peter Salovey

Following a decade of incubation, Yale University will open its 13th professional school when the transformation of the university's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs is complete three years from now.

Approved over the weekend by the Yale Corporation, the university's governing body, the Jackson School of Global Affairs is scheduled to open in 2022. Its namesake is ex-pharmaceutical tycoon and philanthropist John Jackson (Yale College Class of 1967), who in 2009 donated $50 million to establish the institute that bears his name with the understanding that Yale would consider transforming it into a standalone professional school a decade hence.

In three years that plan will come to fulfillment, making the Jackson School Yale's first professional school to be named for a living donor.

"Now more than ever, our world needs creative ideas and leadership to help end global conflicts and solve intractable problems," Yale President Peter Salovey said in a statement. "By establishing the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs, we will create an intimate community of outstanding faculty, practitioners and students to conduct research of great relevance to the development and adoption of international policy."

The trustees have targeted the fall of 2022 for the opening of the school, provided that at least an additional $200 million is raised for its endowment.

"Yale is uniquely well-situated to establish a leading center of research and learning in global affairs," said Judith Chevalier, the William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Finance at the Yale School of Management. "With the Jackson Institute, Yale already has a vibrant convening space for education and scholarship on issues of a global nature. The Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs will build on that strong foundation and Yale's strengths in a variety of academic and professional fields, such as economics, political science, the humanities, law, and public health, to help set the agenda on how to address global policy issues."

The new school's faculty will represent a range of disciplines from the humanities, social sciences and Yale's professional schools. Faculty members will be jointly appointed with other Yale academic units with the aim of developing a multi-disciplinary faculty fully integrated into the campus community. The faculty will oversee the development of the school's curriculum and be joined in its teaching mission by a rotating roster of senior fellows with specialized policy experience in foreign affairs.

The new school will retain the institute's popular Senior Fellows Program which allows students to learn from policy practitioners including diplomats, military leaders and journalists. Current senior fellows include former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, Middle East expert and author Emma Sky, and retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, one of the first Jackson Senior Fellows, who has taught a popular seminar on leadership .

Contact Michael C. Bingham at mbingham@newhavenbiz.com

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