Washington: Arnold Schwarzenegger has yet another professional transformation to add to his resume, as he ventures into academics.
The 65-year-old former California governor co-founded a think tank and became a professor at the University of Southern California with the establishment of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, where he will be the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy.
He will also serve as the chairman of its board of advisers.
With an eye towards the leadership responsibility and transcending partisanship, the institute will be focusing on five core research areas: education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness and political reform.
“One of the great lessons I learned as governor of California was that the best solutions to common problems could only be found when each side was willing to engage thoughtfully and respectfully with each other,” the Washington Post quoted him as saying.
“This institute is dedicated to promoting a new era of post-partisanship, where solutions are the result of intelligent and civil discussion between people with deeply held principles who understand the need to work through their disagreements to achieve real solutions,” he said.
He has committed 20 million dollars from his own funds as well as future fundraising to support the institute.
The first public event will be a one-day symposium on September 24 that will be focusing on the importance of post-partisanship in the modern policymaking world.