The Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame recently welcomed its third master of global affairs class. The 36 students come from 18 countries, representing diverse academic and professional backgrounds.
Students in the Class of 2021 come from Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. Their professional experiences include grassroots community leadership, research, education, health care, and policy.
Among the students are eight returned US Peace Corps volunteers and former members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, European Voluntary Service, and AmeriCorps. The class also includes community organizers, entrepreneurs, an attorney, an arms control researcher, a Catholic priest and a physician.
“We are thrilled to welcome our third class of master of global affairs students,” said Ted Beatty, associate dean for academic affairs. “This year’s class makes a wonderful addition to the Keough School community, bringing with them a unique array of voices, perspectives, and experiences. All have already shown an inspiring commitment to our school’s mission of integral human development.”
The Master of Global Affairs Class of 2021 receives generous fellowship support from several donor families, foundations, and the institutes and centers within the Keough School, including the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, and the McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business.
The two-year Master of Global Affairs program prepares professionals for skilled, effective leadership and careers in government, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector. The Keough School of Global Affairs opened its doors in 2017 and graduated its first master’s class in the spring of 2019.