The University of Notre Dame is partnering with Balkh University in Afghanistan to develop a master’s program in finance and accountancy for Balkh students. The partnership is the result of a $1.15 million contract funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Notre Dame says the goal is to "enhance the skills and employability of technically qualified and professionally capable Afghan women and men in the private and public sectors." Balkh faculty will join those from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business to develop the curriculum for the program.
The college’s Stayer Center for Executive Education will lead the academic portion of the project, while the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development will coordinate the program and oversee logistics, according to the university.
"We’re thrilled to be partnering with Balkh faculty to support their pursuit of excellence in higher education," said Paul Slaggert, director of the Stayer Center. "We expect to learn much from each other during our work together over the next two years."
Notre Dame says the program’s development will include five working meetings among faculty from both institutions. They will be held alternately in India and in Rome at Notre Dame’s Global Gateway.