Transcending Boundaries

Elliott School of International Affairs International Council member Frank Wong, BA ’79, is a loyal advocate for the growing importance of global connections.

He established GW’s first alumni network for Hong Kong—one of the most active centers of GW alumni abroad and host of the inaugural GW Global Forum in 2009—and still serves as honorary committee chair. He was also the impetus for the Elliott School’s Web Video Initiative (WVI) to expand the reach of the school’s extraordinary on-campus resources with alumni, students, and citizens from around the world.

Frank Wong, BA '79

Frank Wong, BA ’79

“The WVI makes it so much easier for our global alumni community to stay engaged with the Elliott School and to showcase the intellectual breadth and depth of our school to the wider business community around the world,” Frank says.

Today, this digital library includes more than 400 videos, including lectures, conferences, faculty interviews, and event highlights.

But he didn’t stop there.

In 2014, Frank Wong made an inspiring $100,000 gift to establish the Wong Fund for Asian Studies. The gift, which endows the fund in perpetuity, supports the Elliott School’s work on one of the world’s most vital and dynamic regions.

“I am proud of the outstanding work the Elliott School is doing on Asia, from its renowned Sigur Center for Asian Studies to its extensive and impressive Asian studies faculty,” he says. “I hope this gift will bolster the school’s existing programs and create new opportunities to examine this important region.”

The Wong Fund for Asian Studies will advance every element of the Elliott School’s mission: education, research, and policy engagement. This new endowment will enhance an array of critical activities, from study abroad and language-training programs to faculty research and public events at the Elliott School’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies. The Sigur Center is a leading policy analysis and research institute and the academic home of the Elliott School’s Asian Studies Program.

“Frank Wong’s contributions to GW and the Elliott School have been multi-dimensional, from his membership on the Elliott School’s International Council to his pivotal role in support of GW’s Global Forum in Hong Kong,” Elliott School Dean Michael E. Brown said. “This latest manifestation of Frank’s support, the Wong Fund for Asian Studies, is a tremendous step forward for the Elliott School and GW. I am deeply grateful to Frank for his extraordinary support of our superb school.”


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