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Funding Global Research

An anonymous donor has given the Elliott School of International Affairs more than $3 million to support research and policy engagement.  

"This extraordinary gift will secure GW's Elliott School of International Affairs' place as a global leader in the study of several of the most important issues facing humanity in the 21st century," says Michael E. Brown, dean of the Elliott School. 

GW President Steven Knapp said he is "deeply grateful" for the "generous gift."

"It will enhance the school’s significant contributions to George Washington's efforts to address many of the world's most pressing challenges," he said.

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Wadi Arabia in Classical and Late Antiquity

Assistant Professor of Classics and History Andrew Smith, recently authored his first book, Wadi Araba in Classical and Late Antiquity: An Historical Geography. Dr. Smith, who is an expert in social and cultural history of the Greek and Roman Near East, has spent more than 15 years excavating and surveying parts of Wadi Araba in Southern Jordan. Last year, he was featured in Jordan's Embassy Newsletter about his focus on the archeological site at Bir Madhur. He visits the site several times year, and students accompany him during the summer.

Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the ICJ Returns to GW Law

We welcome home this fall Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), who is retiring from the Court and will be returning to GW Law as the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, the chair he held before joining the Court in 2000. In addition to teaching, writing, and lecturing, Judge Buergenthal will focus on training lawyers from developing countries to argue before international courts and tribunals. As a judge on two international courts—the ICJ and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, where he was president—he witnessed first hand the need to have qualified counsel in international matters. “Judge Buergenthal is respected the world over as an advocate for peace and justice, and we are exceedingly grateful that he is returning to GW Law to help shape future generations of legal practitioners on the global stage,” said former Dean Frederick M. Lawrence.

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GWSB Lauded for Innovation in International Education

The George Washington School of Business Global MBA program was recognized January 25 for innovation in international education by the Institute of International Education’s 10th IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards. GWSB’s Global MBA program was highlighted for its International Residency Program, which requires all full-time MBA students to work abroad on consulting projects to develop global management skills.

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Past Event Highlights

» Please visit our Flickr page to see pictures from past international alumni events.

Program Series

February 22, New Delhi

The GW Office of International Alumni Relations hosted a discussion and reception featuring Michael E. Brown, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs and Deepa Ollapally, associate director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs on February 22, 2011 at the Taj Mahal Hotel.

February 22 and 23, Beijing and Shanghai

The GW Office of International Alumni Relations hosted a discussion and reception featuring Doug Guthrie, dean of the GW School of Business, on February 22 and 23, 2011 at the Peninsula Beijing and Sofitel Shanghai Hyland.

Please visit the Dean's blog to watch the video of this event.

March 4, Seoul

The GW Office of International Alumni Relations in conjunction with the Korean Alumni Association hosted a dinner featuring David Dolling, dean of the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science and Simon Lee, SEAS MS '05, on March 4, 2011 at the Riverside Hotel.

Europe Program Series

March 9, Vevey

GW Alumni Ambassador Alain Chahine, Elliott School BA '83, hosted a dinner with alumni in Switzerland on March 9, 2011 at the Brasserie Restaurant at Astra Hotel Vevey in Switzerland.

GW Alumni Ambassadors are a select group of alumni who travel regularly to specific regions and serve as a liaison between GW and the local alumni community.

If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Ambassador, please contact Amy Schwartz.  

Latin America Program Series

March 17, Sao Paulo

GW School of Education and Human Development Adjunct Professor Judy Findlay hosted a dinner with alumni in Sao Paulo on March 17, 2011 at À Mineira.

Middle East Program Series

December 15, Dubai

The GW Office of International Alumni Relations in conjunction with the Dubai Alumni Chapter held a gathering for GW alumni and friends, on December 15, 2010 at the Address Hotel Downtown Dubai.

January 4, Dubai

The GW Office of International Alumni Relations hosted a discussion and reception featuring Salah S. Hassan, professor of strategic brand management and chairman of marketing for the GW School of Business and Robert Dyer, professor of marketing for the GW School of Business, on January 4, 2011 at the Park Hyatt Dubai.

Other Past Events

December 29, Johannesburg

Robert S. Snyder, GWSB BBA '95, executive director of presidential communications and events in the Office of the President, hosted a small dinner with alumni and fellow traveling doctoral students in Johannesburg on December 29, 2010 at Piatto.

Upcoming Events

GW School of Business Residency Program

It is with great excitement that we announce the six Global MBA International Consultancy Projects for 2011 and the faculty members who will be leading them.

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Lisa Delphy Neirotti
    Students will be working with the Olympic Organizing Committee providing consulting for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
  2. Accra, Ghana - Jennifer Spencer 
    Students will be working with Ghana's Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF) to develop export strategies for Ghanaian firms in the pineapple and handicraft industries. While in Ghana, students would appreciate the opportunity to meet with managers of firms serving the Ghanaian market, as well as exporters.
  3. Belgrade, Serbia - Jeffrey Spear 
    Students will be working with a number of food and beverage producers throughout Serbia in support of their domestic and export sales objectives.
  4. Mälaren Region/Stockholm, Sweden - Anna Helm 
    Students will be working with the Swedish American Chambers of Commerce and Mälardalens Handelskammare focusing on market analysis, strategic marketing plans, integrated marketing campaigns and research.
  5. Istanbul, Turkey - Abdullah Akyuz 
    Students will be working with the Istanbul Stock Exchange for an opportunity to use their finance, marketing, product development and technology backgrounds. 
  6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Nam D. Pham
    The students will be working with Saigon Securities Inc. (SSI) and Morgan Stanley (MS) on real-life issues that will provide professional experience and train the students to be effective, professional consultants.

Asia Program Series

Taipei, Taiwan
Thursday, March 31 | 7 p.m.
The Grand Hotel

Alumni, parents and students in Taipei are invited to meet Reid Click, associate professor of international business and international affairs in the GW School of Business. (Read more and register...)

Save the Date!
Week of May 23, 2011

Europe Program Series

Budapest, Hungary
Wednesday, May 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Le Meridien Budapest
Alumni, parents and students in Budapest are invited to meet Mr. Leslie Megyeri, CCAS BA '63, LAW JD '68, GWSB MBA '80, and Mrs. Kathryn Megyeri, GSEHD MA '69, CCAS MA '82, GW Alumni Ambassadors and Professor Steven Schooner, Nash & Cibinic professor of government procurement law and co-director of the government procurement law program. (Read more and register...)

Istanbul, Turkey
Save the Date!
Wednesday, May 11
Join fellow GW alumni and parents in Istanbul for a reception with traveling MBA students participating in the GMBA International Residency Program.

Rome, Italy
Thursday, July 21 | 7 p.m.
Hotel Adriano
Alumni, parents and students in Rome are invited to meet Columbian College's Catherin Anderson, interior design program director and Nadia Volchansky, associate professor of interior design. (Read more and register...)

Latin America Program Series

Santiago, Chile
Thursday, May 19 | 7 p.m.
La Mar Restaurant
Alumni, parents and students in Santiago are invited to meet Dana Tai Soon Burgess, department chair and associate professor of dance in the Columbian College. (Read more and register...)

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Save the Date!
May 2011
Join fellow GW alumni and parents in Rio de Janeiro for a reception with traveling MBA students participating in the GMBA International Residency Program. 

Middle East Program Series

Tel Aviv, Israel
Watch your email and our online calendar for further details!
Summer 2011

GW Summer Send-Offs

Summer Send-Offs are graciously hosted in July and August by alumni across the world. These events give new students and their families a chance to get to know members of our diverse and vibrant community before students depart for campus in the fall.

If you are interested in assisting with 2011 Summer Send-Offs in your country, please contact Amy Schwartz.

What in the World Are You Doing?

Furqan Ahmad, GWSB MBA '92, is the head of product development and segmentation at ADCB Meethaq. Mr. Ahmad is a senior Islamic Banking expert with more than eight years of experience working with Islamic Financial Institutions and has been responsible for several successful Shari’ah compliant product launches at Guidance Financial Group (USA), Mashreq Bank (Dubai) and ADCB Bank (Abu Dhabi). Mr. Ahmad participates in Shari’ah Board discussions with renowned Islamic finance scholars and is a regular conference speaker at international Islamic finance forums on product development as well as an Islamic finance products trainer.

Jong-yun Ahn, GSEHD EdD '92, has made major contributions to the development of the private and public tourism research and tourism industry in Korea. He played a key role in promoting the close ties and actions among academies and tourism industries in Japan, China, 10 Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 21 member countries of APEC during his tenure as the president of Tourism Science Society of Korea and Korea Institute for International Tourism Development.

Parvez Ali, SEAS MS '81, is the chief executive and managing director at Al-Ghazi Tractors Ltc, a JV company of CNH Global, the world’s largest tractor manufacturer.

» Read more "What in the World are You Doing" submissions

Philanthropy in Action

"I donate because I owe GWU the academic foundation and the intellectual tools that have allowed me to become a good manager and inspired leader of people in a company that is active in global agribusiness. The years that I spent at GWU pursuing a BBA and MBA degree in Finance and International Finance were among the best years of my life. I was taught by very good professors and gained lifelong friendships with fellow students. My donations hopefully will empower talented students of today to benefit from an excellent education at GWU, then go out into the world to contribute, make a positive difference and one day when they are financially successful help others to do the same. A beneficial cycle." - Stephan J. Barth, GWSB BBA '83, MBA '86


Honorary Degree Recipient and Former Trustee Donates $8 Million to Create Scholarship Program

GW is poised to educate the world’s next leaders in engineering with an $8 million gift from a former trustee. A. James Clark, chairman of the board and CEO of Clark Enterprises Inc., has donated the sum to establish the A. James Clark Engineering Scholars program for top undergraduate engineering students.

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For additional information on how you can support GW, please contact Dr. Lea Kenig, associate vice president for international development at or tel:+1.202.994.6418, fax: +1.202.994.1890.

Online Giving Accepted Worldwide

The George Washington University's online giving site accepts international donations. Please visit: to support the university. You may direct your gift to a school or the President's Fund for Excellence, or contribute towards a "Power & Promise" scholarship fund. If you have questions, we are happy to provide more information confidentially. Please contact Ms. Nicole Eliopoulos at or tel.: +1.202.994.9442, fax: +1.202.994.1890

GW News

Notable Appointments

New Business Leadership | New GWSB Associate Dean
School of Business announces two new vice deans and a new associate dean for graduate programs.

Interim Leadership Announced for the Medical Center
GW holds second town hall meeting to discuss the future of the Medical Center.

Nobel Ambition
Pioneering scientist Ferid Murad has big plans for his new lab at GW, including grooming Nobel Prize winners.

GW Announces Vice Provost Selection
Terri Harris Reed will oversee diversity and inclusion efforts on campus.


Global Colonials
Six undergraduate students received scholarships to study around the world this semester.

Liberating Kuwait
Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm Jr. recalls experiences as a US ambassador during liberation of Kuwait in annual lecture followed by announcement of $4.5 million Kuwaiti gift to GW.

Around the University

GW Capital Archaeological Institute Launched
A new research institute launched within Columbian College to "preserve, facilitate, and promote cultural heritage" around the world.

Progress Made Toward Public Health Building
The University expects to begin construction next year on 115,000-square-foot project.

GW Around the World

Student Spotlight: From Refugee to Author
It has been a long and difficult road for philosophy major Makwei "Joseph" Mabioor Deng.

Museum Studies, State Department Partner to Launch Iraqi Museum Residency Program
Iraqi museum professionals will gain behind-the-scenes access to some of America's top museums through a new summer residency program slated to begin June 2011.

A Break for the Better
Largest ever group of students participates in third annual Alternative Winter Break program in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Puerto Rico and New Orleans.

Remembering Haiti
The GW community commemorates the one-year anniversary of the country's earthquake.

Forging Global Ties
GW and Australian National University to collaborate on student exchange program.

Helping Our Students in Egypt
GW working to ensure safety of students studying in Egypt.

Egyptian Uprising
Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs, examines protests in Cairo and their implications for change in the Arab world.

Peace Corps Provider
GW ranks first for Peace Corps volunteers among nation's mid-sized schools.

Openness Online
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at GW about the importance of international Internet freedom.

A Window on America
GSPM Professor Dennis Johnson is teaching and lecturing on American politics on a yearlong Fullbright in China.

Global Colonial
A year in Asia thanks to a Luce Scholarship is the latest in a series of international experiences for student Kanika Metre.

Ordeal in Egypt
Online master's candidate Nathalie Atalla guarded her Cairo apartment with a rifle and temporarily fled Egypt during the uprising.

US Department of State Sends GW Dance Faculty to Mongolia
As cultural ambassadors, GW's Dana Tai Soon Burgess and professors to choreograph, perform and teach western dance repertoire locals.

GW Students Safe in Japan | GW Students for Japan
Eight GW students studying in Japan safe after natural disaster; university supporting Japanese students on campus while student groups are raising funds to help victims.

World University Rankings 2010-2011
GW ranks #54 against univerisities throughout the world.

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Explore the GW Community in Multimedia

Alumni Weekend Video
From the Alumni Achievement Awards, to the Barenaked Ladies concert, to class and affinity reunions, we thank the nearly 2,000 alumni and friends who attended Alumni Weekend 2010!

GW International Video
Watch how GW is building a lifelong worldwide community.

GW Webinars
GWebinars is a pilot series providing GW alumni access to professional development and career management presentations created and delivered by GW alumni, staff, faculty, parents and industry experts.

Dean Guthrie's Blog
Follow Dean Doug Guthrie's blog to watch videos and read posts about how GWSB is "at the center of it all."

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