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Yale-to-Oxford Hamilton Fights to Save ‘Rolls Royce’ Education

For almost 1,000 years, the leaders of the University of Oxford sought aid in medieval courts and cathedrals. In April, Andrew Hamilton, Oxford’s vice chancellor, found a new venue: the mansion of a Silicon Valley billionaire.

Over artichoke soup and halibut at the San Francisco home of Michael Moritz, an Oxford alumnus and venture capitalist who was an early investor in Google Inc., Hamilton made the case to about 50 technology entrepreneurs that the oldest university in the English-speaking world needs their support.