Welcome back message from Dean Appleby

Dear colleagues and friends, 

The new academic year marks our 9th anniversary. 

Welcome to a new academic year, one that promises to be particularly eventful as we begin to implement a new strategic plan and look toward the next phase of the Keough School’s evolution.

This fall, we welcome 61 first-year undergraduates to our rapidly expanding Global Affairs primary major. Our newest graduate cohort—39 Master of Global Affairs candidates, and 5 new PhD students in Peace Studies—hails from 25 countries.

These students, along with hundreds of additional sophomores and juniors, 42 returning MGA students and 30 returning PhD students—will be mentored and educated by a dedicated group of 70 faculty members and dozens of professional staff offering more than 90 global affairs courses and multiple research opportunities that will shape the next generation of ethical leaders and inform global and domestic policy agendas. 

Our diverse student population has access to extraordinary research and internship opportunities throughout the world, including programs administered by the School’s nine interdisciplinary institutes and our Global Policy Initiative. 

As our School has grown, we have recruited faculty and practitioners who lead their fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in peacebuilding, environmental justice, sustainable development, poverty reduction, democracy, human rights, and more. 

This year we also welcome more than 30 new staff who join the talented and dedicated group of people who help run the school’s day-to-day operations and who play a critical role in moving the school forward. This will be a particularly exciting academic year as we—Keough School faculty, staff and students—work together to implement the research, educational and policy programs outlined in the recently launched strategic plan. Along the way we will find time to celebrate a decade of advancing integral human development and look forward to the next phase of the school’s evolution. 

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