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UI student Wen Ying Lee and her family
A thirst for international education may be learned from one’s parents. University of Iowa student Wen Ying Lee from Singapore described her parents who supported her decision of studying literature in a UNESCO City of Literature, as “the two people who inspire me the most.” She wrote that her parents have studied in four countries, strongly believing that one learns the most when one is far from home.

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President Trump signed an executive order Monday, March 6, that will impact visa processing abroad for international students and scholars, and will also impact some faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad. View the latest information on the impact of the executive order in our "ISSS Announcements" pane on our ISSS home page. On Monday, March 6, the University of Iowa released this official statement: "Each of you, regardless of your background or country of origin, is welcome in our community. You bring perspectives and experiences that, taken together, enrich the educational experience, advance research and discovery, and prepare UI students to thrive in their lives and careers. The University of Iowa will continue to support the values that underpin our core missions as a public institution of higher education." - Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs

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International student parents Mohammad Shamsul Alam and Shamsun Naher Nilu are further proof that we can work hard and make our children’s lives better than our own. Asif Mahmood Alam is an international graduate student at the University of Iowa working on his MBA. His parents believe the American dream is obtainable, and can be reached through sacrifice, hard work and support. 

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Soon Dohkgoh (mother) Jeongsik Ko (father)
It isn’t being taught how to study that’s important, it’s being directed to understand why. This is a virtue that goes undiscovered by many, but it’s apparent in University of Iowa international student Hyun Jin Ko of South Korea. Ko describes the many virtues of her parents and they are quite impressive. Ko’s father, Jeongsik Ko, is a professor at Pai Chai University in South Korea and a former visiting research scientist at the University of Iowa. Her mother, Soon Dohkgoh, is a senior research engineer for the Korean Institute of Defense Analysis (KIDA).

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Amin Bagheri and his parents, Jamshid Bagheri and Afsaneh Ghavamnasiri
Amin Bagheri is a current UI student majoring in history and philosophy. Amin’s parents are also alumni of Iowa. Jamshid Bagheri (father) received his MA in aesthetic dentistry and Afsaneh Ghavamnasiri (mother) studied linguistics. Mr. Bagheri was awarded best dentist in Mashhad, Iran and Mrs. Ghavamnasiri takes time to care for at least one orphan in her hometown.

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Fatehiya Mohammed and Azeez Al-Jumaili
Fatehiya Mohammed and Azeez Al-Jumaili are the parents of Ali-Azeez Ali Al Jumaili, a student from Iraq currently pursuing his doctorate in pharmaceutical socioeconomics.

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New this year, International Student Appreciation Day is an event that will take place on Wednesday, November 16 between 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Kautz Plaza, and between 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the east side of the Pentacrest. Students are invited to stop by for free buttons and refreshments! 

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