The Blavatnik School of Government is the UK's first school of government, with a mission to inspire and support better government and public policy around the world. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the stunning new building has already received an award for 'architectural excellence' from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The Duke of Cambridge addressed students, faculty members and visitors, saying: 'In my visits to other countries, and around the United Kingdom, I meet many people who give remarkable service to their communities: elected officials, members of the armed forces, charity workers, medics and many others – people who are deeply committed to public service. Many of them are animated by dreams and visions of how their societies can be improved. I can see that the research carried out here and the skills taught here are a means of translating those dreams into practical reality.'