The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, US, is beginning a year of celebrations to mark its 75th anniversary. The school at Tufts University was established in 1933.
Fletcher is at present halfway through a five-year capital campaign to raise a total of $100m. So far, says the dean, Stephen Bosworth, $57m has been raised.
At least 40 per cent of the campaign has been earmarked towards financial aid for students, says Mr Bosworth. It has long been an aim of the school to help those potential students who are unable to take up places at the school because of funding difficulties and these funds will address that issue, he says.
The remainder of the campaign funds raised will be used to establish new faculty positions, a modest building fund of $6m-$7m, and will also be put towards the school’s special centres such as the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy under its director William Moomaw.
Issues such as energy and the environment are among the most pressing topics that a school such as Fletcher is going to have to address in the coming years, adds Mr Bosworth.
“We want to enhance resources in teaching and research in these areas.”
While the centre was established about a decade ago, says Mr Bosworth, student demand and changes in the world mean that the Fletcher School is now making a “considerable effort to raise more resources, and expand the faculty associated with the centre”.
Another area which it intends to expand is that of executive education. Having run successful short courses for Raytheon, the military contractor, and Microsoft, the software group, the school is now anxious to repeat its success and, says Mr Bosworth, hopes to grow “substantially” and attract further customers who are looking for customised programmes.
Faculty is also earmarked for expansion. The school has 30 full-time faculty, a figure that has grown by approximately 30 per cent over the past five years.
Mr Bosworth says he hopes to see a comparable increase over the next five years.
However, in spite of Fletcher’s ambitious plans for growth, Mr Bosworth says the school’s primary goal still remains that of “continuing to focus on the relationship between faculty and students and information,” he adds.
The school’s students need to be able to respond to new areas of knowledge and this is where the school’s focus on emerging issues such as environment and energy will come into their own, he adds.