Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderón is heading to Harvard.

The Ivy League college said the soon-to-be former president, who leaves office Saturday, will head to Boston to become a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.

The Kennedy School says Calderón will be the first participant in a specially endowed fellowship for government leaders leaving office. It says he will lecture, write, meet with students and professors and develop case studies based on his six-year term in office.

Calderón's term was marked by his escalation of a militarized government offensive against drug cartels, which unleashed waves of violence that left at least 47,500 Mexicans dead before his administration stopped releasing figures last year.

He also oversaw steady economic growth after a 2009 slump linked to the global economic crash, and the Kennedy School praised Calderón for free-market policies that boosted the economy.

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