Renee LaReau | October 22, 2017
The Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs, Notre Dame’s first new school in nearly a century, has opened its doors to Notre Dame and the world.
Housed in the newly completed Jenkins Hall on Notre Dame Avenue, the Keough School is a key player in fulfilling the University’s goal of internationalization.
Given this goal, it is fitting that the Keough School’s new Master of Global Affairs program enrolls 38 students from 22 countries.
Students hail from Afghanistan, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Ukraine, the United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
With an average age of 27, the inaugural master’s class brings a wealth of professional experience in international development, education, peacebuilding, environmental conservation, human rights, humanitarian assistance, youth advocacy, journalism and other fields.
“The students are extraordinarily gifted and well prepared for the rigors of academic life at Notre Dame,” says Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School. “Equally important, they chose Notre Dame and the Keough School because they seek to ground their professional preparation by engaging the deeper ethical questions underlying the work of human development.”
While mastering foundational courses in economics and integral human development (see sidebar), the students also choose a concentration in international development, international peace studies or global affairs.
A weekly global policy seminar brings the students together with influential policymakers from around the world. Speakers for the fall 2017 semester include Denis McDonough, Keough School executive policy fellow and former White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama; Horst Koehler, former president of Germany; and Laura Alfaro, former minister of national planning and economic policy for Costa Rica.