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Engaging International Alumni as Strategic Partners
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Every international educator knows the value international students bring to campus, but few have tapped their institution’s international alumni to their full potential. In this book, experts on international alumni relations describe how higher education institutions can develop international alumni networks—and keep alumni connected to their alma mater by nurturing two-way relationships. Chapters and case studies from institutions and organizations around the world cover how international alumni can contribute to international student recruitment, philanthropic efforts, professional development, community engagement initiatives, and more.
“International alumni are heart and soul of many universities. This volume will inspire those who believe in a sense of belonging and the power of experience.”—Joanna Regulska, PhD, vice provost and dean of global affairs, University of California-Davis
“Recasting relationship-building to more fully engage international alumni as true institutional partners is a future-forward strategy all institutions should employ. This book is a must-read.”—Liza Boffen-Yordanov, CRFE, chief development officer and executive director, University Advancement Office, Nanyang Technological University
“Engaging International Alumni as Strategic Partners discusses the need for and benefits of international alumni engagement across nations and institutions, offering vignettes of successful innovations in this area. This publication is unique in that it offers specific guidance on topics including messaging to alumni, volunteer recognition, and how to define engagement.” —Lisa Unangst, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, Ghent University
About the Authors
Sandra Rincón, MSc, is founder and president of NL alumni network-Netherlands, senior consultant to EU ALUMNI, cofounder of Here2Start and Here2Work, a PhD candidate at Tilburg University, and host of the Brite Ideas podcast for advancement professionals. She has lived, studied, and worked in Colombia, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.
Gretchen Dobson, EdD, is a global engagement specialist, author, and academic with experience advising institutions, companies, organizations, and governments on creating sustainable strategies to manage relationships with global stakeholders and international alumni. She holds faculty appointments with the University at Albany and Endicott College and is based in New South Wales, Australia.
Sandra Rincon, MSc, and Gretchen Dobson, EdD
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