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On Wednesday, 11 May, HRH The Duke of Cambridge visited the University of Oxford to formally open the home of the Blavatnik School of Government where he met students and staff. He also unveiled a plaque to mark the major redevelopment of the Bodleian's Weston Library and visited students at Magdalen, one of the University’s oldest colleges, where he officially opened its new Longwall Library.

Prince william opens new oxford university buildings

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.' 

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