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Surya Karki Selected As WISE Emerging Leader

Surya Karki, Country Director and Co-Founder, United World Schools Nepal has been named a 2020 WISE Emerging Leader. Karki is a 2016 College of the Atlantic graduate and Simon Bolivar UWC alumni from Nepal.

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Bozhidar Stankovikj Wins Spirit of Princeton Award

Bozhidar "Bobo" Stankovikj, Princeton '20 from Macedonia and UWC Robert Bosch graduate is one of nine seniors and one junior named as recipients of the Spirit of Princeton Award. Since 1995, the award has been given annually to recognize undergraduates for positive contributions to campus life.

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A Scientist Advancing Cancer Treatment

A cure for lung cancer is still in the future. But at the Harvard lab that Magda Bahcall, Ph.D. (Czech Republic, UWC Atlantic, Wellesley ’05) directs, a team of researchers is working hard to improve patients’ chances of surviving.

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A Rhodes Scholar Hopes to Help Rebuild Syria

When Yale announced that Marwan Safar Jalani (Syria, UWC in Mostar, Yale University ’20) had been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for at least two years of study at Oxford, Marwan said: “I will go as a Syrian, proud of my identity, proud of my people who have endured so much, and hopeful about a future for Syria.”

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A Future in Positive Youth Development

“There’s no day that goes by without me thinking about the challenges my generation and younger are going to face, with climate change, increasing inequality, increasing migration,” says Andrew Nalani (Uganda, UWC-USA, Dartmouth ’16).

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Reaching Out for Kids and Community

Having been involved since her first year on campus with Colby Cares About Kids, which pairs students at the college with young people in local schools, Pinyi (Irene) Zhang (China, UWC Atlantic, Colby College ’22) grabbed at a chance to be a summer program assistant for Colby STARTALK

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Working on Global Tech from Silicon Valley

It’s a long way from Kathmandu, where she grew up, to Silicon Valley. But as she builds a dynamic career, Niyanta Khatri (Nepal, Mahindra UWC, Colorado College ’17) is right at home in Palo Alto.

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Blending Climate-Action Science and Policy

Agim Mazreku (Kosovo, UWC Adriatic, College of the Atlantic ’20) is not waiting to work for positive change. In his home nation, Agim has been an intern in climate policy and science for the UN Development Programme.

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Back on Campus — This Time as a Professor

As a tenure-track faculty member in Colby’s Psychology Department, Veronica Romero (Venezuela, UWC Adriatic, Colby ’09) has returned to where she was a Davis UWC Scholar.

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A South African Entrepreneur with a Vision

An entrepreneur, innovator and development strategist in her home country, Pumla Maswanganyi (South Africa, UWC Maastricht, St. Olaf ’16) has been nominated as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent by the organization of that name.

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Building Awareness, Connection & Community

When Mauzay Dlamini (Eswatini, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, College of Idaho ’20) first came to the college, “There was a clear divide between American and international students,” he says. 

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A Ph.D. Candidate Works to Restore Sight

As a Ph.D. candidate in physics at Stanford, Bingyi Wang (China, UWC-USA, Williams College ’18) is doing thesis work in “the field of brain-machine interface,” she writes from Palo Alto.

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A Passion for Science, and a Dream

“My big goal in life is to find a cure or a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,” says Estella Tcaturian (Russia, UWC Robert Bosch College, Lake Forest ’21). Whether or not she gets there, she has made an amazing start.

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A Watson Fellow Digs into Urgent Global Issues

As she travels the world for a year on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Moni Ayoub (Lebanon, UWC Adriatic, College of the Atlantic ’19) has been digging for insight and understanding on the issues of human trafficking, domestic violence, refugees and vulnerable communities.

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Speaking Up as a Student Leader

“Josh stepped into leadership roles from the first moment he arrived on campus,” wrote Wartburg College President Darrel Colson in successfully nominating Joshua Voigt (South Africa, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, Wartburg ’20) to be a 2019-20 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.

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Incubating a New Business in Brooklyn

Within New Lab, a large business-startup incubator in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Michael Eaton (Botswana, UWC Atlantic, Cornell ’18) is working for Voltaic Systems. It’s a young company that develops small-scale solar panels “for weird and wonderful projects and products,” he says, “like bird tracking and agriculture.”

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Tuning Her Campus In to the World

Aside from her academic work as a mechanical engineering major, Brishti Mandal (India, Mahindra UWC, Bucknell ’20) has devoted her campus years to sharing international student perspectives, and to focusing all of her peers on the world scene and global events.

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Opening School Doors for Kids in the Congo

“The world is facing a huge learning crisis,” says Maroua Sallami (Tunisia, Li Po Chun UWC, Northwestern ’16). The World Bank, where she works, estimates that 53% of children in low- and middle-income countries can’t read or comprehend a simple story by the end of primary school.

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Putting Financial Power into Africa’s Phones

“We believe that poverty alleviation starts with financial inclusion,” declares Emma Smith (USA, UWC-USA, Duke ’16). She is the cofounder and chief operating officer of Eversend, a startup that offers Africans a mobile-phone-based “multi-currency e-wallet.”

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Helping Young People Learn to Make Change

“A lot of people in my generation have grown up looking at climate change, looking at the injustices that are happening. There is huge interest in my generation to do something,” notes Julia Schetelig (Germany, UWC of South East Asia, Earlham ’21). 

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Seeking New Insights for Teen Mental Health

“In the fall semester of my sophomore year in college, two people in my life took their lives due to mental-health problems,” writes Nam Do (Vietnam, UWC-USA, Brown ’21). A computer science major, he spent much of the next winter looking through online mental-health subforums on Reddit.

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Thank You for Helping Us Chase Our Dreams

Fatmata Bah grew up in Sierra Leone and attended Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong. Her dad is a tailor and her mom owns a small convenience store. She says, "not in a million years could they have been able to afford me the education that I am receiving today." 

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African Answers for an Energy Crisis

With phone-charging costs alone nearly 400 times higher than in the U.S., “rural sub-Saharan Africans, most of whom live on less than $1 U.S. a day, also face some of the highest energy fees in the world,” writes Paul-Miki Akpablie.

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Wisdom Begins in Wonder

Luther College became a Davis UWC Scholars Program partner college in 2004 and enrolled their first two scholars—from Malaysia and Bolivia—in 2005. Since that time, 192 Luther Davis UWC Scholars have graduated from Luther. And with the current group of 113 scholars on campus, their 15th year of the program marks over 300 scholars.

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Emma Smith ’16 Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Emma Smith, (Duke ’16, UWC-USA) cofounder and chief operating officer of Eversend, a mobile-wallet payment system for consumers in Africa, was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list. 

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A Public-Housing Expert on Wheels

The summer before Linda Worden (Canada, Pearson UWC, Williams ’19) was to begin a junior year abroad at Oxford University, a fire took 72 lives in West London’s 24-story Grenfell Tower apartment building.

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A Role Model in Cambodia

He’s been on leave this academic year from his job as Cambodia’s deputy chief of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Office at the Ministry of Commerce — but Imsouchivy “G.V.” Suos continues to be a busy man.

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