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Minqi Li is LIU Post’s First International Salutatorian

Accounting major from China acknowledged for strong academics, community service


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

LIU_Post_Minqi_LiBrookville, N.Y. – Minqi Li, an accounting major from China, is the first international student selected as salutatorian at Long Island University/LIU Post. Known for her academic achievements, intellectual ability and warm personality, she was described by her professors as an excellent student and active member of the campus community.

Ms. Li’s academic excellence, hard-working character, and track record of helping others represent the spirits of LIU Post, and make her a role model for our students, especially international students,” said Dr. Ling Zhu, assistant professor of management information systems.

Li stands out for her overall academic achievements, intellectual promise, and remarkable character,” said Dr. Zhaohui Zhang, associate professor of finance. “I am very confident that she will excel in her future career. Coming from a non-English speaking country only four years ago, not only has she grown into a role model for Post students, but her success could potentially inspire more students overseas to become part of our ever growing and diverse student body at LIU Post.”

Li, who resides in Flushing, N.Y. while studying at LIU Post, comes from Nanjing, China, a beautiful city famous for its ancient culture, in order to purse a college education in New York, which she recognized as a global financial center and focal point of the world’s economy. “I realized that a college education in China couldn’t provide me with the up-to-date knowledge and opportunities I was looking for,” she said. “So I determined to discover myself by studying abroad. I believe the best business education comes from studying in New York.”

While maintaining a 3.97 GPA, Li has tutored fellow students in accounting, economics and other subjects, and helped strengthen the connection between the campus Learning Support Center and the International Student Services office. “I like sharing my strategies and study methods and helping other students,” she said. “It makes me proud to watch the students that I have been tutoring making progress in their further study.”

Li also conducted research with her professors, served as an orientation leader for international students and helped low- and middle-income Long Islanders prepare their tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

“I am very proud of being a student at LIU Post,” Li said. “I really made the right choice four years ago. LIU Post is the place where I can be myself and the place to find out how good I really am.”

The 55th Commencement exercises at LIU Post will take place Friday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. More information about Commencement is at

Posted 04/08/2013

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