Billionaire philanthropist and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $32 million to Harvard University to launch a program to educate top urban officials on tackling major issues facing cities, reports The Washington Post. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, announced Thursday, will draw on the university’s business and government faculty and outside experts to offer executive training to hundreds of mayors and their aides.
Mr. Bloomberg made the gift through his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies. The media mogul, who earned an MBA from Harvard, served three terms at New York City Hall. He said growing urban populations make mayors “increasingly responsible for solving major challenges we face, from climate change to poverty to public health.” The Harvard curriculum, delivered primarily online, will give city leaders “opportunities to learn from experts — and one another” to govern more effectively, he said.