21st Century School
The Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs is the first new school at Notre Dame in nearly a century. In keeping with Notre Dame’s mission to place scholarship in service to the common good, the Keough School advances integral human development through research, policy and practice; transformative educational programs, and partnerships for global engagement.
Founded in 2014, the Keough School builds on the strengths of 7 institutes focused on international research, scholarship, and education at Notre Dame.
Research, Policy, Practice
The Keough School addresses some of the world’s greatest challenges, with particular emphasis on the design and implementation of effective and ethical responses to poverty, war, disease, political oppression, environmental degradation, and other threats to dignity and human flourishing.
Transformative Educational Programs
The Keough School educates and trains global affairs professionals, preparing students for effective and ethical professional leadership in governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. The Master of Global Affairs will welcome its first class of students in August 2017.
Partnerships for Global Engagement
By building long-term partnerships within the academy, business, government, and civil society, the Keough School integrates disciplines and best practices to identify solutions responsive to the interconnected nature of global challenges.
The Keough School welcomes engagement with people of all nationalities and religious, secular, and philosophical traditions.
A Legacy of Leadership
Donald R. Keough, one of the most accomplished executives in U.S. history, was an Emeritus Trustee and one of the University of Notre Dame’s most generous benefactors. He served as chairman of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1991 and then as a Life Trustee. Mr. Keough had a positive impact on thousands of lives. His legacy of leadership — his vision, his philanthropy, and his counsel to Notre Dame presidents from Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., to the present — helped elevate the University to prominence.
Mr. Keough believed deeply in the power of the private sector to promote economic growth and prosperity for all people and was celebrated as a model of effective corporate leadership. The Keough School aspires to honor his legacy by producing global leaders and creating partnerships with global organizations and corporate partners to forge practical, transformative solutions to world challenges.
Thanks to Don and Marilyn Keough, the Keough School will be based in Jenkins Hall, a new building on Notre Dame Avenue south of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies near the entrance to the University of Notre Dame’s campus. It is named in honor of the Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of Notre Dame, who has prioritized internationalization at Notre Dame.