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Stories and Research of the UMN International Learning Community

Are you a global alum?

Did you know there are UMAA alumni networks all over the world?

Update your contact information and join the International Alumni LinkedIn Group to learn about events in your area.

There are more than 6,200 international students and 1,900 international scholars from 130 world locations at the University of Minnesota. Each of these individuals brings a unique perspective and insights to campus, and they each have their own story and achievements.

International Student and Scholar Services is working with departments across the University to conduct research and collect stories from international students, scholars, staff, faculty and alumni. By sharing these items and recognizing the contributions these individuals make to the University of Minnesota, we work towards our goal of creating an inclusive and engaged international learning community.

Do you have a story you want to share or know someone we should interview? Submit it here or email

Xiang ZhangTUniversity of Minnesota Alumnus Appointed Head of the University of Hong Kong

Name: Xiang Zhang
From: China
Degree:M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Cikkege if Scuebce abd Engineering, 1992
"Xiang Zhang was a creative student and pursued his research with passion and hard work. He was always curious about how things worked. It was a joy for me to work with him during his M.S. degree period."
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Nasreen MohamedFrom Minnesota to Turkey and Back: The Impact of a Colonial Dames Scholarship

Name: Aslı Çalkıvik
From: Turkey
Degree: Master's and Ph.D. in Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, 2010
"It is wonderful to be back in—what is by now—home. I had missed so much the lively intellectual atmosphere, all the talks, the panels, and of course the Wilson Library."
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Nasreen MohamedThe 19th Annual Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award Winner

Name: Nasreen Mohamed
From: Tanzania
Degree: Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts, 2002
"Having a commitment to social justice and human rights, in my mind, means understanding that speaking out about injustice is not a choice, but a core part of our calling as educators.”
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Ant Financial Services President Eric Jing Makes $5 Million Gift to the Carlson School

Name: Eric Jing
From: China
Degree: Executive MBA Program, Carlson School of Management, 2005
"During a recent visit, Ant Financial Services President and China Executive MBA alum Eric Jing announced a $5 million gift to strengthen the Carlson School’s relationship with China."
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Alumni Spotlight: Konstantinos RotsiosKonstantinos Rotsios

From: Greece
Degree: B.S. Applied Economics, 1994, M.S. Agriculture & Applied Economics, 1995
Konstantinos Rotsios is a native of Greece but chose to attend the University of Minnesota to earn his B.S. ('94) and M.S. ('95) in Applied Economics at CFANS.
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Changing Lives in Pakistan

Name: Fouzia Saeed
From: Pakistan
Degree: B.S. 1982, M.S. 1984, Ph.D. 1987
Fouzia Saeed founded the Alliance Against Sexual Harassment (AASHA), a broad-based movement to end sexual harassment in the workplace.
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A Survivior and a Leader

Name: Agnes Igoye
From: Uganda
School: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow
"I’ve been able to take what I’ve been through and use it to be a force for positive change. Because of what I’ve been through I have the strength now to do anything.”
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Habib EssidAlumnus takes place on the world stage

Name: Habib Essid
From: Tunisia
Degree: M.S. Agricultural Economic, '75
U of M alumnus Habib Essid ('75, M.S. Agricultural Economics) was appointed Prime Minister of Tunisia in January, following the country’s first free elections in fall 2014.
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International Alumni Job Search Stories

Several UMN international alumni shared their stories and tips for how to find a job after graduating.
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