There are plenty of amazing aspects at UNM’s Global Education Office (GEO) to feature on a regular day, but this April, one celebration deserves a massive spotlight.


GEO is commemorating 60 years of existence at UNM– a diamond level anniversary. There will be a special appreciation event for these impactful decades on Thursday, April 25 at the University Club, from 4 to 6 p.m.

GEO, or as it was called in 1964, the Office of the Foreign Student Advisor, opened at UNM in August 1964. GEO found out this was the correct date, following research into the office’s background after a 35th anniversary celebration in 2000. 

Even then, the office supported 205 students from 65 countries. International student support has grown and expanded considerably over the last 60 years. In 2023, GEO supported over 1,300 international students from 96 countries, and over 500 study abroad students.

“We are excited to mark the growth and expansion of international student support at UNM over the last 60 years. There have been various iterations of the original office, reorganizations, and even a name change about ten years ago when we rebranded from Office of International Programs (OIPS) to GEO. We will take attendees down memory lane to reflect on where we’ve been and where we are headed,” GEO Executive Director Nicole Tami said.

Registration for GEO Diamond Anniversary: 60 Years of International Education is open now at the link here