An invitation to the House of Lords

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About the authors

Munad Akbari from the United Arab Emirates and Ryan Donnelly from the United States are MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership students and members of Harris Manchester College

A unique experience you will only find at Oxford

The University of Oxford has long been renowned for drawing some of the most talented students from across the world and preparing them to make a lasting impact by helping them deepen their knowledge, expand their perspectives and cultivate lasting relationships. This reputation is perfectly reflected in the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership. This unique programme, a collaborative effort between the Saïd Business School and Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is designed to develop experienced healthcare leaders and enable them to innovate and drive change across complex global ecosystems.

Just months into the programme, the inaugural cohort of 35 members from 21 countries is coming together to forge strong bonds and share unique experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. During the most recent module, the two of us were invited to the House of Lords for a dinner hosted by Lord John Alderdice, Harris Manchester College's Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict. We were fortunate to join the first-ever Tayler Talk, a new annual series aimed at furthering the College’s long-held tradition of encouraging diverse perspectives and creative thinking, which was named after abolitionist and Harris Manchester College tutor John James Tayler, known for the 1850 speech ‘On the Question of American Slavery’.

After the dinner, we met with Professor Jane Shaw, Principal of Harris Manchester College and a Pro-Vice-Chancellor in the University of Oxford, to discuss ways to leverage our unique backgrounds to strategically support the College and further its mission, a dialogue we will surely continue throughout our time at Oxford and beyond. True to the purpose of the programme, we are already taking their diverse perspectives and concepts from the classroom and applying them in real-world contexts.

MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership