Alumni Associations

Alumni associations exist to nurture sustained, mutually beneficial relationships between a higher education institution (HEI) and its graduates. Students, once they have graduated from an HEI, are known as ‘alumni’ (male singular alumnus, female singular alumna). Many alumni associations are the product of the work of a dedicated alumni function within HEIs, often known as the ‘office for alumni relations’.

The alumni office, in developing alumni associations, recognises that alumni can be the institution’s most powerful supporters, but only if time and effort is invested in fostering the relationship. Alumni relations can benefit alumni as well as the institution. This entry looks at the makeup of alumni associations and their functions and benefits.

Alumni associations allow graduates to remain connected with each other. This may serve ...

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