Meet MGA Students

Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 60 countries including:

Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Finland; The Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; and Zimbabwe.

Our students bring a wealth of professional experience in international development, education, peacebuilding, environmental conservation, human rights, humanitarian assistance, journalism, and other fields. All students in the class have received fellowships thanks to a number of generous families, as well as foundation support and funding from institutes and the university more widely.

Michael Pikuza

Michael Pikuza

Sustainable Development, 2023

United States

Michael Pikuza, the grandchild of World War II refugees from Lithuania and Poland, grew up in the Chicago suburbs and earned a BA in international relations from Lewis University. As a student and a professional, he has devoted himself to understanding history, culture, society, and the importance of diversity and humanitarian outreach. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova from 2017 to 2019 and as a delegation liaison for South Africa for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. 

Before coming to Notre Dame, Michael worked in Spain as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. He speaks Spanish and Romanian and has studied Russian, German, and Japanese. As a graduate student, he aims to become an agent of empowerment to promote social and economic opportunity through education, inclusion, and intercultural dialogue. As a master of global affairs student, Michael is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.