Notre Dame International supports visits by international visitors and delegations to promote collaborative relationships with strategic partners from around the world. We provide the following guidance to ND faculty and departments for the purpose of ensuring that visitors are well-received and treated with culturally appropriate courtesies while on our campus.
For questions on inviting an international delegation or high-level visitor to campus, please contact Catherine Wilson, advisor and NDI protocol officer, at +1 (574) 631-1151 or via email.
Notable Delegation Visits
Enrique García Rodríguez
Bolivian economist and CEO of CAF Development Bank of Latin AmericaNovember 2015
Enrique García Rodríguez, a Bolivian economist and CEO of CAF Development Bank of Latin America, visited campus in November 2015 to speak with students on the economic situation in Latin America and to discuss opportunities for collaboration between Notre Dame and CAF. After his campus visit, Dr. García also gave the keynote address at the Notre Dame Global Forum in Mexico City.
With locations in 19 countries, CAF has appealing internship and employment opportunities for Notre Dame students, especially for those enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business. A CAF representative has since returned to recruit master’s students from Mendoza for the prestigious PRODES program, which selects and develops future leaders from highly regarded MBA programs.
As this fruitful relationship deepens, CAF has also agreed to fund scholarships for students from Latin America who choose to attend Notre Dame.
Former president of TaiwanNovember 2016
In November 2016, Ma Ying-jeou, the former president of Taiwan, accepted an invitation to participate in Notre Dame’s Asia Leadership Forum, an event co-hosted by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and NDI. Ma offered the keynote address to more than 370 audience members, providing an inside look into his historic tenure and Taiwan’s role in Asia. During his visit, 70 students from mainland China and Taiwan joined him for dinner and conversation. His trip concluded with a celebratory dinner hosted by Father Jenkins and attended by faculty, staff, and students.
“The Asia Leadership Forum is designed to explore and showcase the values of leadership we want to instill in our students and to immerse future leaders in deep knowledge and understanding of Asia,” Michel Hockx, director of the Liu Institute, said. “Mr. Ma’s visit and enthusiastic interaction with students and faculty have moved the whole university toward that goal."
Vice Minister of Education for China2013
In 2013, the visit of Hao Ping, then vice minister of education for China, proved productive on a number of fronts. During his visit, an agreement was signed which provides 48 months of funding from the China Scholarship Council for up to 20 graduate students per year from China. In turn, Notre Dame will fund each student’s fifth year.
Hao was also so impressed with the administration at Notre Dame that he asked the school to train university leaders from across China. In 2014 and 2015, Notre Dame hosted the National Academy of Education Administration and taught Chinese university administrators about subjects including academics, recruitment, and faculty retention. In 2016, the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) was invited so university sports administrators could attend sessions detailing athlete nutrition, compliance, and training.
Now, individuals from the FUSC program are bringing their teams to Notre Dame for camps, training, and competitions.