Master's Degree Program: Afghanistan
Through a contract funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Notre Dame partnered with Balkh University in Afghanistan to develop a master's degree program in finance and accountancy for Balkh students. The goal of this project was to enhance the skills and employability of technically qualified and professionally capable Afghan individuals in both the public and private sectors.
Throughout the two-year formation of the new master's program, faculty from Balkh University and the Stayer Center for Executive Education at Notre Dame, met five times at various Notre Dame Global Gateways for workshops where Notre Dame faculty were able to share textbooks, teaching materials, case studies, assessment resources, modern teaching practices, and thought leadership that would have taken years for the Balkh University faculty to access or develop on their own. The first cohort of 20 students graduated in September 2018 with a master's in finance and accountancy.