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.

Marla Zgheib

Marla Zgheib

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2023


Marla Zgheib has served as a national junior professional at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, where she enhanced the tribunal’s contributions to peace and justice in local communities. She also has worked as a volunteer researcher for Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation (SCRAP) Weapons, strengthening female participation in disarmament work and using open source platforms to detect states’ activities related to weapons use.

Marla holds a BA in political studies with minors in international law, human rights, and citizenship from the American University of Beirut. As an undergraduate, she initiated a community project to reduce inequalities in the Lebanese educational system. Marla holds an MA in international studies and diplomacy from SOAS University of London. Funded by a SAID Foundation scholarship, she focused on nonproliferation and arms control in the Middle East. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Keough Family Fellowship.

Raushan Zhandayeva

Raushan Zhandayeva

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2020


Raushan Zhandayeva graduated cum laude from Nazabayev University with a BA in political science and international relations. She was awarded a U.S. State Department scholarship to participate in its Global UGRAD Program, and she studied for one semester at California State University Bakersfield. Raushan interned as a research assistant at the Information-Analytical Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. She also promoted sustainable energy technologies at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Passionate about diplomacy, she has participated in and co-organized several Model United Nations conferences. Raushan is particularly captivated by the global economy and the politics behind it, and aspires to contribute to economic and social development in Central Asia. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Zhu Qing

Zhu Qing

International Peace Studies, 2019


Zhu Qing is the former executive director of Tianjin Green Collar, a nonprofit environmental organization. In 2012, he interned with IFChina Original Studio, an independent film studio founded by a Notre Dame alumnus. Since 2013, he has traveled to more than 23 cities and regions in China to investigate water pollution, collaborating with teams of journalists, lawyers, villagers, and private sector employees. As a master of global affairs student, Zhu was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

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