Partners in Excellence

Robert S. Brookings — founder of the Brookings Institution and longtime benefactor of Washington University in St. Louis — advanced public service as a force for good, a vehicle for positive change and an instrument for solving problems.

In 1916, the businessman and philanthropist helped establish the first private organization dedicated to the fact-based study of national public policy. One of his goals was to educate a select corps of public leaders for the tough work of government.

WashU at Brookings

A century later, WashU at Brookings carries his vision forward.

In 2009, the Brookings Institution partnered with Washington University to create Brookings Executive Education (now WashU at Brookings). WashU at Brookings develops leaders who think globally; act with integrity; uphold core values; and strengthen government, business and society.

The Brookings Institution

Experts consider the Brookings Institution the premier think tank in the country, if not the world. Based in Washington, D.C., the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization conducts independent research on a broad range of economic, social and security issues. Brookings scholars are internationally recognized for their subject-matter expertise.

Washington University in St. Louis

Founded in 1853, Washington University has a longstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research. U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington University No. 18 nationwide and the 10th best university for U.S. military veterans. The university offers more than 300 academic programs and attracts students from more than 100 countries. Its faculty has received numerous honors, including 24 Nobel Prizes.

Olin Business School

Known for its top-ranked BSBA and EMBA degree programs, Washington University’s Olin Business School celebrated its centennial in 2017. Olin faculty teach WashU at Brookings courses. These classes combine an in-depth understanding of government and public policy with a command of leadership, management and strategy. In recent years, Olin has expanded its global reach through collaborative programs with universities in China, Germany, India, Israel, South Korea and Spain.