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South Asian commits major gift to US higher education

March 3, 2011

Just opened the alum publication SIPA News from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and was thrilled to read about this:   Anu Jayanti, the global head of foreign exchange sales for Citi and a SIPA Advisory Board member, is donating $100,000 to the school’s endowment as a tribute to her mother.  Her mother, Ranjit Jayanti, worked for several UN agencies, including 20 years as an officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Jayanti credits her mother with exposing her to humanitarian concerns.

She’s not a graduate of SIPA, but believes strongly in the school’s mission to empower future leaders to serve the global human interest.  Jayanti says that her role at Citi has shown the value of understanding the world’s interconnectedness, whether one is in the private or public sector.

Like my mother, many SIPA students come from around the world and are committed to giving back to their home countries. It is important for SIPA to build its endowment in order to provide tuition assistance to talented students from underdeveloped countries who could not otherwise afford to attend.

Read more:  Development News: Giving Back in Honor of Mom (page 31)


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