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Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, right, with alumni benefactor Frank H. McCourt Jr.
“The McCourt School of Public Policy will build on the foundation we have created while leveraging our most valuable resources — our location in the nation’s capital, our national and global reputation and our commitment to civil and civic discourse and engagement — to become the premiere academic resource for public policy in the 21st century.” — Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia
Georgetown University Receives $100 Million to Create New Public Policy School

September 24, 2013 — Georgetown University recently announced it will create the McCourt School of Public Policy, the ninth school at Georgetown University and its first new school since 1957, with a university record gift of $100 million. The gift is from Frank H. McCourt, Jr., who graduated from the university in 1975 and is currently president of McCourt Global, a real estate development firm.

The university will officially launch the McCourt School for Public Policy at an academic ceremony October 8, followed by a celebration with members of the national and international policy communities, dignitaries and members of Congress in Washington, D.C., on October 9.

“Georgetown is uniquely positioned, at this moment in our university’s history, to build on our existing strengths as we grow to meet the needs of the complex and evolving public policy field,” said Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. “The McCourt School of Public Policy will build on the foundation we have created while leveraging our most valuable resources — our location in the nation’s capital, our national and global reputation and our commitment to civil and civic discourse and engagement — to become the premiere academic resource for public policy in the 21st century.”

The school’s new McCourt Fellows Program will recruit and offer full scholarships to the country's most qualified future public policy makers and scholars. The McCourt School will also house a new Massive Data Institute, which will seek to utilize data that new advances in technology and communications have generated in the past decade. The Massive Data Institute will take an innovative approach to shaping public policy by training the next generation of leaders to critically analyze, extract and use these large sets of data to better inform public policy.

“The generosity and partnership of Frank McCourt brings to life our vision to connect the Jesuit values of service and justice with a critical need in the 21st century for scholars, leaders, policymakers and organizations to work together in new ways,” said DeGioia. “Understanding the data now available to us and using it in the creation of public policy will be fundamental to shaping the public policy of the future.” [Georgetown University]


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