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Celebrating 150K engaged alumni

October 03, 2017
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SFU is celebrating a significant milestone this year: reaching and surpassing 150,000 graduates. In this issue, we profile not only our current graduates but also several of our inspiring alumni who are making a difference at home and abroad.

  • alumni live in 141 countries, including Tanzania, Nepal and French Polynesia.
  • 150,000+ alumni have earned more than 195,000 credentials from SFU; 234 alumni have earned five or more credentials.
  • 74 alumni have competed in the Olympics, including Daniel Igali (BA ’01), who won Canada's first gold medal in men's wrestling.
  • alumni hold offices in governments around the world, including our 2017 Outstanding Alumna Yohana Yembise (MA ’94), the first Papuan female to obtain a prestigious seat in the Indonesian government as the Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection.
  • alumni have made significant impacts in research. Jennifer Gardy (PhD ’06) pioneered a way of tracking how organisms such as tuberculosis and influenza spread from person to person and eventually lead to outbreaks.
  • alumni have made compelling contributions to medicine, including Robert Turner (PhD ’73) who was among a group of global physicists who helped create today's most widely used method of mapping brain function, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine (MRI).
  • 78 per cent of donors to SFU are alumni.
  • LinkedIn ranks SFU among the top five universities worldwide for the declared volunteer commitments of its alumni and students.

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