Oliver Rothschild – Bringing Higher Education in the Developing World OnlineCITP Luncheon Series
Kepler is a new project from Generation Rwanda to bring higher education in the developing world online. Last year, the world’s best universities started doing something strange: offering hundreds of their courses online — for free. Kepler is going to put those courses to work for the students that need them most. Next year, Kepler will pilot a micro-university in Kigali, Rwanda that pairs streaming online content from MIT, Stanford, and other top tier universities with in-person seminars taught by a team of on-the-ground U.S. Teaching
Fellows: a 21st century tweak on the traditional liberal arts campus.
We’ve built an education designed for emerging economies around the world. Kepler is a university that’s going to be smarter, cheaper, and more democratic than anything you’ve ever seen before.
Dr. Oliver Rothschild founded and continues to chair the board of Generation Rwanda, the non-profit launching Kepler. He currently works as a consultant and entrepreneur in healthcare and higher education.
He previously worked with McKinsey & Co. advising clients working in international development and global health and as Chief of Staff at Massachusetts Medicaid, working with the Commissioner manage policy, operations, and strategy for the $13 Billion health insurer . Dr.
Rothschild came to McKinsey & Co. from rural Rwanda, where he served as Deputy Director of Partners In Health-Rwanda under Dr. Paul Farmer, helping to manage a network of hospitals providing care to more than
10 percent of Rwanda’s population and advising the Ministry of Health on HIV/AIDS policy. Prior to joining Partners In Health, Dr.
Rothschild worked with the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at Columbia University under Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and at the Clinton Foundation, where he supported the launch of Rwanda’s first national pediatric HIV program. Outside Rwanda, he has worked in health and economics at the United Nations in Paris and in medical research studying infectious disease at Rockefeller University in New York.
Dr. Rothschild received a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and holds an M.D. from Yale Medical School.