MEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School), the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, today announces the year-long celebration of its 75th Anniversary. In addition to events around the world commemorating the founding, The Fletcher School will observe its 75th anniversary with a gala to be held on October 11, 2008, at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The 75th Gala will feature opening remarks from Peter Ackerman, a Fletcher graduate from the class of 1969 and founding chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. The evening will also feature the presentation of the Dean’s Medal by Dean of The Fletcher School, Stephen W. Bosworth, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, the Philippines, and Tunisia. The medal, which honors individuals’ work in tackling global issues, will be bestowed upon Fletcher alumnus, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former German Ambassador to the United Kingdom and The United States.
“This year, we celebrate three quarters of a century of educating, guiding, and fostering the innovative spirit of individuals who seek to solve the world’s most pressing issues,” said Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean of The Fletcher School. “Our world-class faculty have touched the lives of thousands of students over the past 75 years, and, in turn, those students, now world leaders, have touched the lives of millions. We take this opportunity to celebrate the past and look forward to Fletcher’s impact on the world.”
Since 1933, The Fletcher School has been committed to preparing the world’s leaders by providing a uniquely global perspective of international relations. The Fletcher School’s ability to advance world knowledge through research and scholarship has helped to shape the careers of myriad prominent figures, including prime ministers, thousands of ambassadors, CEOs of global corporations, thought leaders, and politicians. Today, alumni hold many top offices in government, business, and nongovernmental organizations across the globe.
This fall, Fletcher welcomed the inaugural classes of its newest degree programs — the Master of International Business (MIB) and the Master of Laws in International Law (LL.M.) — both the first of their kind at a graduate school of international affairs. The MIB degree marries the core Fletcher curriculum with a sound foundation of business courses to form the new international business degree paradigm, while the LL.M., a full-time, post-graduate degree program, is an example of Fletcher’s commitment to addressing the crucial role of law in international affairs.
The Fletcher School is also taking steps to ensure that the next generation of students has access to the highest level of education possible through the “Beyond Boundaries Campaign.” This effort, in conjunction with Tufts University, is working to raise $100 million, which will allow The Fletcher School to double the amount of financial aid currently offered to students, increase the size of the faculty and research capabilities, expand educational programs, and upgrade and maintain a world-class facility. As a testament to the strength and commitment of alumni within the Fletcher community, a recent review revealed that Fletcher ranks highest in annual fund alumni participation among its peer graduate schools of international affairs.
“Founded at a time when many sought to isolate the United States from the rest of the world, The Fletcher School has been a powerful force for international understanding and problem-solving during its first 75 years,” said Lawrence S. Bacow, President of Tufts University. “Throughout its history, The Fletcher School has continued to innovate in both education and research. Fletcher has played a critical role in shaping the global orientation of Tufts University, and we look forward to its continued success.”
About The Fletcher School at Tufts University
As the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School) has prepared leaders with a global perspective since 1933. The Fletcher School offers a collaborative, flexible, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of international affairs, featuring a distinguished faculty and accomplished community of alumni.
The Fletcher School awards professional degrees, including a two-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD); a one-year Master of Arts for mid-career professionals; a one-year, mid-career combined Internet-mediated/residential Global Master of Arts (GMAP); a Ph.D. program; a Master of Arts in International Business (MIB); and a Master of Laws in International Law (LL.M.), as well as joint degree and certificate programs. For more information, please visit The Fletcher School website at: fletcher.tufts.edu.