In January, Jacinda Ardern announced her decision to step back from the post of Prime Minister, which turned out to be a huge shock for the people of the country.
According to the Dean of the Kennedy School, Douglas Elmendorf, Jacinda Ardern, a former prime minister of New Zealand, is applying to Harvard University this year.
She has been selected for two fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she will hold the positions of Hauser Leader and Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow in the Centre for Public Leadership in 2023, respectively.
Douglas Elmendorf stated that former PM Jacinda Ardern “showed the world powerful and compassionate political leadership” and that she will “bring significant perspectives for our students and will spark substantial debates about the public decisions faced by leaders at all levels.”
Jacinda Ardern expressed her gratitude for the invitation on Instagram, writing, “I’m deeply honoured to be invited to join Harvard University later this year as a 2023 Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow and as a Hauser Leader in the Kennedy School’s Centre for Public Leadership.”
Jacinda Ardern surprised New Zealanders in January when she revealed her intention to leave her position as prime minister after more than five years in office.
She had observed at the time, “As leaders, there’s frequently very little time for contemplation, but reflection is vital if we are to adequately help the next generation of leaders.”
The inaugural Tech Governance Leadership Fellow at the university’s Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society will be Jacinda Ardern for some of her time there.
When creating the Christchurch Call to Action to combat violent extremism online, Jacinda Ardern remarked, “The Centre has been an incredibly important partner.” After the fellowships, the former prime minister declared her intention to return to New Zealand.