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International alumni succeed after IU


By Nona Tepper



In 1949, Ismail Raji al Faruqi stepped through the Sample Gates.

Not long after, he graduated from the IU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Al-Faruqi, a Palestinian-American, graduated with a master’s degree in philosophy and went on to found the International Institute of Islamic Thought.

Al-Faruqi is one of the many of IU international graduates to use his degree in a meaningful way.

With international students making up almost 7 percent of IU’s total student population, it is no surprise that Al-Faruqi is not alone.

Bienvenido Lumbera, a native Filipino, poet and former Hoosier, received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from IU.

Lumbera went on to read, write and critique a number of literary works. In April 2006, he was named National Artist of the Phillipines.

Dr. Salman Shah also made his mark after attending IU. Shah received his Ph.D. in finance and economics from the Kelley School of Business.

Shah served as Finance Minister of Pakistan; and during his period in power, Pakistan’s economy registered an average of 7 percent GDP growth per annum — one of the highest in the world.

Shah, Lumbera and Al-Faruqi are just a few examples of the amazing things IU international students can do. And after your years at IU, the possibilites are endless.

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