Mendoza School of Business

From battle plans to lesson plans

Published: February 11, 2019 / Author: Colleen Wilcox

Notre Dame guides groundbreaking education effort in Afghanistan

After returning home from war, Alex Ambrose worked as a fourth-grade teacher in downtown Detroit and continued with the Michigan National Guard, training the next batch of officers. When his wife accepted a position at Saint Mary’s College, they relocated to South Bend. He soon completed his doctorate and joined the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. Once on the front lines of war, now Ambrose finds himself on the front lines of another fight: bringing peace and prosperity to war-torn countries. He’s part of a team of faculty and staff at the University of Notre Dame who are working to empower a university in Afghanistan to not only develop one of the nation’s first master’s degrees, but to do so in the areas of finance and accounting, fields critical to limiting corruption in the country.

“I’ve tried the military route and combat operations can only do so much,” says Ambrose.

“Military may try to kill terrorism or terrorists. But to me, education is where you can get a shot at killing terrorism.”

Read more about how Notre Dame is partnering with Balkh University, recruiting faculty and staff from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning.


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