About the Kyoto Prize at Oxford 概要

The Kyoto Prize is an international award, organised by the Inamori Foundation, to honour those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind. The Blavatnik School of Government is honoured to bring the Kyoto Prize Laureates to Oxford for a series of events each May.

The driving vision for the Kyoto Prize at Oxford is that 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.

The Blavatnik School of Government is honoured to bring the Kyoto Prize Laureates to Oxford for a series of events each May. The 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.

Kyoto Prize event in the Inamori Forum

The events

The events at the Blavatnik School of Government unite the Kyoto Prize Laureates with global thought leaders and immerse them in specially tailored sessions bringing together Oxford academic, students and the wider community, as we highlight the impact of the Laureates:

As global leaders in their fields

  • Celebrating their intellectual and creative achievements with their academic peers from Oxford, the United Kingdom 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 idea generators and communicators

  • Introducing them to new generations who can be inspired by their achievements and values.

Brian Grenfell and Zakir Hussein on stage at the Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize

Ngaire Woods with Kyoto Laureate Carver Mead

The Inamori Foundation

The Kyoto Prize is awarded by the Inamori Foundation, founded in 1984 by Kazuo Inamori, Founder of Kyocera Corporation.

The activities of the Inamori Foundation reflect the lifelong beliefs of its founder that people have no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of humankind and society and that the future of humanity can be assured only when there is a balance between scientific development and the enrichment of the human spirit.

The Foundation seeks to actively promote peace and prosperity among all people on earth through the promotion of mutual understanding. It does this through programs of public recognition and the support of creative activities to foster science, culture, and the enrichment of the human spirit, as well as through social contributions.

For more information visit the Inamori Foundation website.

President Shinobu Inamori-Kanazawa

Blavatnik School of Government

The Blavatnik School of Government is a global school pursuing a vision of a world better led, a world better served and a world better governed.

The Blavatnik School of Government believes it can improve the quality of government and public policy-making worldwide, so that citizens can enjoy more secure and more fulfilled lives. The School is committed to excellence in leadership and public policy education through three priorities:


Delivering transformative teaching programmes that combine deep expertise with analytical thinking and practical skills.


Producing and communicating excellent and impactful research and helping others address real-life policy challenges.


Forging networks that enable policy leaders to learn from each other and from top scholars to generate solutions and share best practice.

Blavatnik School of Government. Photo: Hufton Crow

Innovative programmes

Learning from world-class academics and expert practitioners, studying at the Blavatnik School of Government for a Master of Public Policy, a DPhil in Public Policy, or Executive Education course helps students develop the academic knowledge and professional skills required to address some of this century’s most complex public policy challenges. The School is home to a vibrant and diverse community of people from around the world.

Policy relevant research

The School fosters a dynamic programme of policy relevant and academically excellent research that has the potential for positive, real-world impact. The aim is to identify and develop practical strategies for dealing with the challenges policymakers face. Through the academic programmes and Executive Education, the School is able to bring the latest research right into the classroom so that students can be a part of discovering and advancing knowledge on the cutting-edge of addressing public policy challenges.