(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University broke ground Monday on a building for its new School of Global and International Studies.
IU trustees approved the school in August.
The new school will be located on 10th Street, near the Herman B Wells Library, on IU's Bloomington campus. Housed in a new four story, 165,000 square foot building, the School of Global and International Studies will offer a number of bachelor and master's degree tracks as well as doctoral degrees.
Senator Dan Coats gave the keynote address at the groundbreaking ceremony. He predicted the school would be a great success, pointing to people such as former representative Lee Hamilton and former senator Richard Lugar, who will both teach at the school.
Coats called the two men "gifts to the university" and said IU was lucky to have whom he called the nation's two foremost experts on foreign policy as professors.
"No other school of international studies in our nation, has such a superb set of congressional titans as these two professors of the practice," Coats said.
IU President Michael McRobbie and Provost Lauren Robel also attended the ceremony. McRobbie touted the university's international reach, noting it offers courses in more than 70 languages, both core and obscure. McRobbie also said the new school was a continuation of a long history of IU's interest and involvement in foreign affairs.
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