Monday, August 14, 2017

HHH Prof. Ragui Assaad receives UMN Global Engagement Award

Professor Ragui Assaad is a recipient of the 2017 University of Minnesota Award for Global Engagement.  The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. In addition to honoring individual faculty and staff members, the award—by identifying excellence in global engagement and by recognizing outstanding work—serves as a resource and inspiration to other faculty and staff.

The award ceremony is on November 16.

The Award for Global Engagement was started in 2005; since then two Humphrey staff members have been awarded in addition to Prof. Assaad: former Humphrey School Dean and Professor Emeritus J. Brian Atwood (http://global.umn.edu/honors/age/14_Atwood.html) in 2014 and former Senior Fellow Zbigniew Bochniarz (http://global.umn.edu/honors/age/06_Bochniarz.html) in 2006. 


Ragui Assaad, professor, researches labor policy and labor market analysis in developing countries with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. His current works focuses on inequality of opportunity in education, child health, and labor markets, transitions from school-to-work, employment and unemployment dynamics, informality, labor market responses to economic shocks, international migration, and family formation.

At the Humphrey School he has served as head of the Global Policy Area, co-chair of the Master of International Development Practice (MDP) degree, served as Program Coordinator of the Humphrey School's Humphrey Fellowship Program, and hosted nine visiting Arab academics as part of a Carnegie Corporation Centennial grant.

Assaad is a Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, Egypt and serves as its thematic director for Labor and Human Resource Development. He is also Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. He served as Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa for the Population Council, based in Cairo, Egypt, from 2005 to 2008.
Assaad has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the Ford Foundation, UNICEF and UNDP.

He received a doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He earned the Humphrey School's teacher of the year award in 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2000.

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