Keough School to welcome 38 students from 21 countries to new Master of Global Affairs

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The Keough School of Global Affairs will welcome 38 Master of Global Affairs students to the University of Notre Dame in August. The inaugural class — recently selected from more than 300 applicants — includes students from Afghanistan, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Ukraine, the United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

All students in the inaugural class will receive fellowships thanks to a number of generous families, as well as foundation support and funding from institutes and the University more widely, said Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School.

“We could not be more thrilled to meet the incoming students,” Appleby said, “or more grateful to all those who are making it possible to attract, support and send out into the world the next generation of high-impact global leaders and agents of change.”

Fellowship support for the MGA Class of 2019 is provided by the family of Donald R. Keough, Chuck and Andrea Katter, Sam and Kathy Awad and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

Institute support for student fellowships is provided by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

Three of the students are recipients of Fulbright grants.

The Master of Global Affairs is a two-year degree designed to prepare highly skilled, effective and ethical professionals for careers in government, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector.

“We are tremendously excited to welcome a talented, diverse and truly global group of students,” said Ted Beatty, associate dean for academic affairs.

“We see in their applications a depth and range of experience and a real passion for working on global challenges — from conflict and peace to development, migration and human rights, from international education to good governance and global issues more broadly — that is both impressive and humbling.”

Founded in 2014, the Keough School is the first new college or school at Notre Dame in nearly a century.

Contact: Michael Talbot, associate director, Master of Global Affairs,

Originally published by Joan Fallon at on May 30, 2017.