Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to join Harvard University

Jacinda Ardern has confirmed her next career move.

The former Prime Minister says she will join the prestigious Harvard University in Boston for a semester.

There, she will be a hauser leader in the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership and 2023's angelopoulos global public leaders fellow.

Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf said Ardern had showed the world "strong and empathetic leadership".

"She earned respect far beyond the shores of her country, and she will bring important insights for our students and will generate vital conversations about the public policy choices facing leaders at all levels," he said in a statement.

Ardern said she was "incredibly humbled" to take up the roles.

"Harvard have been a really important partner in the Christchurch Call work and my semester there later this year will also be an opportunity to take up the first tech governance leadership fellowship at the Berkman Klien Center," she wrote on her Instagram page.

"Not only will this be a chance to work collaboratively with the centre's research community but also work on the challenges around the growth of generative AI tools."

During the roles, Ardern will continue "sharing my experiences through speaking here and abroad, while also taking time over the next year to learn too".

Ardern said she'd be in the US during this year's New Zealand election, during which her former Labour Party will bid for a third term.

"I'll be coming back at the end of the fellowships," she said. "After all, New Zealand is home!"

Ardern will begin the new roles later this year.