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Global Alumni Network

Monday, March 30, 2020

Throughout last year, I traveled to cities around the United States and the world celebrating the Carlson School’s Centennial with alumni and friends. It was amazing to experience the Carlson School’s global alumni network firsthand.

As one of the first business schools to require an international experience for students, the Carlson School has been fostering this global outlook for years. In fact, more than $22 million in philanthropy has been gifted to support the School’s global initiatives, including program support, faculty research, fellowships, and scholarship. Students are graduating armed with the knowledge to take business as a force for good to their work, wherever in the world they end up after graduation.

From New York City to Shanghai, Vienna to San Francisco and beyond, the Carlson School has a truly global reach. With academic programs at partner institutions, students studying and interning abroad, and corporate partnerships that cross borders and cultures, our alumni can be found living and working in countries from Austria to Zimbabwe. From the Carlson School, your alumni network can take you anywhere.



Travis Smith


Travis Smith
Assistant Dean Institutional Advancement


By the Numbers

Support from alumni and friends during the Driven campaign has played a significant role in the Carlson School’s ascent toward global prominence. Here are a few figures that demonstrate the impact of these gifts and partnerships on the School’s global reach.



Gift from Eric Jing, ’05 MBA, in support of global initiatives—the largest gift ever from mainland China



Gift from the Carlson Family Foundation to expand the global reach of the Carlson School



Number of scholarships awarded annually for students studying abroad, a 140% increase since the beginning of the Driven campaign



Average study abroad scholarship amount awarded to undergraduate students



Number of graduate students who have participated in one of the 40 global business consulting projects since 2006



Number of international site visits and projects undertaken with Minnesota–based companies

Spring 2020 alumni magazine cover

This article appeared in the Spring 2020 alumni magazine

This issue of our alumni magazine focuses on our world, how we take part in it, and how we, as a community, are making it a better place.

Spring 2020 table of contents