The Kyoto Prize at Oxford

For full information visit the Kyoto Prize at Oxford website.

The Blavatnik School of Government is honoured to collaborate with the Inamori Foundation to bring the Kyoto Prize Laureates to Oxford each year for the Kyoto Prize at Oxford.

The Inamori Foundation and Blavatnik School of Government find a shared purpose in inspiring, educating and connecting individuals who strive for the greater good of humankind and society.  Our approaches are distinctively different, and yet share many key values: a dedication to international understanding; a passion for the pursuit of knowledge in the service of public good; and a commitment to the future of our global society. 

The ties between the University of Oxford and Japan stretch back almost 400 years, and it is a privilege to add a new chapter to this history of collaboration. The Kyoto Prize winners have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind and we are honoured to have the opportunity to bring them to our University to amplify public appreciation of this award in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

The partnership between the Inamori Foundation and the University of Oxford was launched in May 2016, and the inaugural Kyoto Prize at Oxford event took place at the Blavatnik School of Government on 9 and 10 May 2017. The Blavatnik School's Inamori Forum space is named in honour of Dr Kazuo Inamori, founder of the Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Prize.

I am delighted to hear of the new collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Inamori Foundation. I was awarded the Kyoto Prize in the year of the millennium, just after my retirement as a Professor in the Faculty of Mathematics Oxford. I welcome the proposals for an annual event at Oxford that will bring other Laureates to Oxford and celebrate the prize within Europe.
Sir Tony Hoare, Professor Emeritus, University of Oxford, and winner of the 2000 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology

The event at the Blavatnik School of Government unites the Kyoto Prize Laureates with global thought leaders and major influencers in the field, and immerses them in specially tailored sessions which utilise the Laureates' expertise. It also brings together the Oxford academic and wider communities, as we aim to highlight the impact of the Laureates on a number of levels and with different audiences:

  • As global leaders in their fields: celebrating their intellectual and creative achievements with their academic peers from Oxford, the UK and Europe.
  • As outstanding human beings: understanding more clearly the qualities that have enabled them to have such remarkable impact and the beliefs that have motivated them to make such a positive contribution to society.
  • As generators and communicators of ideas: introducing them to new generations who can be inspired by their achievements and values.

This is a truly exceptional partnership – inspiring, educating and connecting individuals who strive for the greater good of humankind and society is at the heart of what both the Blavatnik School of Government and the Inamori Foundation do every day. It is this sense of shared purpose that inspires our partnership, and we are honoured to offer a home for the Kyoto Prize at Oxford and an annual event to celebrate talent applied to public good.
Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government

The Kyoto Prize at Oxford is the final event of the Laureates' year, following the award presentation in Kyoto (Japan) each November, and the Kyoto Prize Symposium in San Diego (USA) each March. The new Laureates are annouced each year in mid-June.

Visit the Kyoto Prize in Oxford website, which hosts the event's dates, Laureates' profiles, and useful information.