Wien Alumni Network

The Wien Alumni Network (WAN) keeps graduates of the Wien International Scholarship Program (WISP) connected with Brandeis and with each other. Since its establishment in 1958 by Lawrence and Mae Wien, the Wien International Scholarship Program has been committed to furthering international understanding, providing foreign students an opportunity to study in the United States and enhancing the lives of all students at Brandeis. Keep abreast of the accomplishments of fellow scholars, reconnect or network using the Wien alumni directory and engage with an international cohort of alumni who share a unique educational experience. Join the Wien Alumni Network Facebook group or bookmark this page to stay connected! To contact the Wien scholar event coordinators, please email

Alumni Profile

Pay it forward: A Q&A with former Wien scholar Shota Adamia ’15

The former Wien recipient from Tbilisi, Georgia, took some time to talk with the Alumni Association about the impact the program, why he gives back to his alma mater and his advice for fellow Brandeisians.

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Brandeis celebrates 60 years of the Wien International Scholarship Program

The weekend featured distinguished alumni, students and faculty who spoke about the legacy of the program which to date has brought nearly 900 students from over 110 countries to Brandeis.

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Alumni Profile

Toshizo “Tom” Watanabe ’73 receives Alumni Achievement Award at Wien anniversary

The Japanese entrepreneur and philanthropist was presented with the university's highest form of recognition at a March 9 gala celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Wien International Scholarship Program.

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Wien scholar Aichuk Tripura ’22 follows in father’s footsteps

Aichuk Tripura ’22 followed in the footsteps of his father, Prashanta Tripura '86, and arrived to Brandeis from Bangladesh through the Wien International Scholarship Program. The program, which celebrates its 60th anniversary on March 9, encourages recipients to use their Brandeis education to become engaged global citizens.

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An image from the winter 2018 Brandeis Magazine cover - a protest sign reading "Black Studies Matter"
Campus News

Read the Winter 2018/2019 issue of Brandeis Magazine online

Learn about the history of the African and African-American studies department from professor Chad Williams and much more!

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Toshizo “Tom” Watanabe ’73

Brandeis University receives $10 million gift for scholarships for students from Japan

The gift from Toshizo “Tom” Watanabe ’73, an alumnus of Brandeis and its Wien International Scholarship Program, is the single largest ever from an international graduate.

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Past Event Wrap-Ups

Upcoming Events

  • A Conversation on the Closing of Civic Spaces in Modern Democracies

    April 11, 2018

    More than 30 alumni, representing all decades, gathered to hear two distinguished Wien alumni, Rakesh Rajani '89, Director, Civic Engagement and Government at the Ford Foundation... and Juan Corradi '65, MA '67, PhD '74 Professor Emeritus of Sociology at NYU, lead a conversation about the role that ordinary citizens play in democratic societies and how that role is being restricted both domestically and globally. The event was hosted by the Wien Alumni Network and organized by Shota Adamia ’15, Taeko Yamamoto ’91 and Laura Velez Villa ’11.

  • Wien Scholars visit with alumni and Wien family in NYC

    April 7, 2017

    A group of Wien Scholars traveled to New York City to visit with members of the family of founding donors Lawrence and Mae Wien.... Current and former Wien Scholars met with Dinny and Lester Morse, the Wiens' daughter and son-in-law, and Peter Malkin, the Wiens' son-in-law. Abdul Rehman '19, Roopa Boodhun '18, Trang Nguyen '19 and Nomunaa Purevbayar '17 made remarks and presented the Wien family with gifts from the students. Later that evening, Matias Ringel '91, MA'92, and his wife, Sylvia, hosted the students and alumni for dinner at their home in Manhattan.

  • Human Migration in the 21st Century

    March 31, 2016

    The Wien Alumni Network hosted a reception and panel presentation on Human Migration in the 21st Century at the Penn Club in New York City.... More than 50 alumni, representing all decades, gathered to hear a panel of distinguished alumni speak on this timely topic, exploring its economic, social and political implications and viewed through the lens of the Wien alumni experience as migrants themselves. This event continued the tradition of hosting Wien alumni to foster dialogue on topics of international significance, while strengthening the bonds within and across the increasingly global Brandeis family. The moderator for the event was Deborah Berebichez '96, chief data scientist at Metis and TV host at Discovery Channel. The panelists were Juan Corradi '65, MA'67, PhD '73, professor of sociology, NYU; Vyjayanthi Rao '89, director of Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research; and Geir Haarde '73, ambassador of Iceland to the United States.

  • Former Wien Scholars meet Geir Haarde '73

    May 30, 2015

    Former Wien Scholars gathered at the home of Justice Zormelo '74 in Alexandria, Va., to welcome Geir Haarde '73, Iceland’s new ambassador to the United States.... Wien Scholars from the Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia areas attended the event.