In 1850, the first international student traveled from Mexico to attend the University of Notre Dame. In the years after, so many Mexican students followed that the University leased its own train car, named the “Zahm Special” rail car in honor of Father Zahm’s recruitment efforts, to pick up and drop off students as far south as Chihuahua.
Still today, Mexican students make critical contributions to enrich and diversify the campus. We're at work recruiting both undergraduates and high school students to attend our summer programs. But now the time has come to focus on bringing Notre Dame to Mexico. We are sending our faculty, our students, our ideas, our research, to the Mexico City Global Center where they can work with like-minded partners who share our values and goals. Together, we are tackling the issues of today and of tomorrow.
In the years ahead, research opportunities, grants, faculty exchanges, and summer internships will increase thanks to the network of partners we've already established and for the many yet to come.
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