Rudd to study Xi at Oxford
KEVIN Rudd — twice Australia’s prime minister — has enrolled to study at Britain’s Oxford University.
The former Labor PM, now the president of the New York-based think tank the Asia Society, has begun a DPhil — the Oxford equivalent of a PhD. Mr Rudd said he would be at Oxford’s China Centre for the next month researching a project on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s world view.
Notorious for his colourful language, Mr Rudd recently referred to President Xi as “a serious hard arse”.
“Given the . . . continued consolidation of Xi’s power, I think this will become an important question for all our futures,” Mr Rudd said. “One day I might even earn a DPhil out of it as well. If I do, I suspect it will be many, many, many years (away).”
Mr Rudd said his No.1 priority remained his job in New York, which was “turning into a great institution”.
Mr Rudd, 60, left politics after leading Labor to defeat at the 2013 election.
He later tried to nominate for UN secretary-general but failed to win the support of the Turnbull Government.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he did not believe Mr Rudd was suitable.