$100 Million Gift Will Expand SAIS Campus in Italy

December 9, 2022 Hub Staff Report, Video by Renee Fischer

The transformative gift from James and Morag Anderson to the SAIS Europe campus is the largest-ever private contribution to a university in Italy

A transformative gift of $100 million from philanthropists James and Morag Anderson to Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies’ Europe campus in Bologna, Italy, will create new opportunities for students and faculty from throughout Europe and around the world to address the multifaceted challenges of a rapidly changing world.

The gift will allow Johns Hopkins to expand its SAIS Europe campus in Bologna into an international hub for research and collaboration, bringing together leading academics and practitioners around the world to train the next generation of international experts, offer multidisciplinary solutions to global problems, facilitate scientific and technological research on public policies, and work towards peace and democratic development.

Edinburgh-based investor James Anderson is the chair of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe Advisory Council and a member of the university’s board of trustees. He is a 1981 SAIS Europe alumnus and longtime supporter of the school.

“The gift from James and Morag Anderson is transformational. With it, SAIS Europe will further secure its role as a vibrant hub for scholarship, learning, and public policy at a critical juncture in global history. Among the most significant private philanthropic contributions ever made to higher education in Europe, it marks the Andersons’ belief in the unique role that universities can play in shaping and strengthening democratic society,” said Ron Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University. “Since our founding in 1876, the Johns Hopkins University has confronted society’s great challenges through research, discovery, and service to humanity. This gift allows us to continue to build on that rich tradition and expand the impact of America’s first research university on a global scale.”

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