Connecting in Minnesota, Engaging the World
On Tuesday, November 2, hundreds of University of Minnesota alumni from around the world attended an online event titled "Connecting in Minnesota, Engaging the World." During the virtual conversation, attendees heard how the University is helping international students become leaders and change makers in countless fields, career paths, and countries. President Joan Gabel answered questions submitted by global attendees from China to Luxembourg, from the UAE to Brazil, and from Canada to Kenya and more than 130 other locations.
In addition, Economics alumnus Geir Haarde ('77 MA) spoke about how his time in Minnesota impacted his career since. Haarde has served as Prime Minister of Iceland, Ambassador to the United States, and currently represents the Nordic and Baltic states at the World Bank.
Economics alumnus François Ortalo-Magné ('95 PhD) also spoke briefly, joining from London where he serves as Dean of the London Business School.
The network of Minnesota alumni around the world remains strong, thanks to technology making it easier than ever before to stay connected. The University and Economics department continue to enroll a high number of international students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and we are grateful for our extended alumni family of Gophers.