Posted on 5 March 2013
The report ‘Strategic affinity: engaging international alumni to support internationalisation’, builds on existing work to examine the links between alumni relations and internationalisation (along with careers services and international recruitment), providing case studies of good practice and making recommendations for development activity.
Written by Nik Miller, York’s Alumni Engagement Manager, the report includes case studies from UK higher education institutions in three categories: supporting academic development; promoting global employability and promoting international recruitment. Other case studies relate to the broader issues of understanding and nurturing the international alumni community.
The cases studies include:
Through careful strategic planning, smart institutions are unlocking valuable contributions from international alumni
Nik Miller, from York’s Development and Alumni Relations Office, said: “The report highlights examples of the wide range of activity that is being undertaken in this area. Through careful strategic planning, smart institutions are unlocking valuable contributions from international alumni - but there are still many unexplored opportunities and underdeveloped collaborations."
Dr Filippo Nereo, Discipline Lead for Languages at the HEA, added: "As universities respond to increased competitiveness in the higher education sector, today’s report seeks to generate a discussion about the unique contribution that international alumni can make to supporting academic development and enhancing recruitment.
“Taking a case study approach, it further demonstrates novel ways in which international alumni can help current students develop intercultural skills and other vital employability competencies they will require to succeed in an increasingly competitive and global jobs market."
Each case study is followed by a set of recommendations, pointing to the diversity of the international alumni community, and the need to understand more about different attitudes to volunteering and staying connected with Higher Education Institutions.