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International Break Out Session PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mona Tekchandani   
Sunday, 01 July 2007


Key Discussion Points:


  • Do you have an International Strategy?
  • Describe your correspondence with international clubs.  How do you reach out to them?  Is language ever a barrier (thus alienating ex-pats)?
  • Do you have ‘shadow’ alumni databases internationally?
  • Using international clubs to enhance the current student experience/int’l careers
  • Programs: New Alumni Welcome, Grad Student Send Off
  • Finding ways/locations to leverage Ivy+

Discussion Highlights


 Do you have an International Strategy?

o Stanford is currently working to develop a plan, though is in the assessment phase


o Impetus for the assessment was reaching the ~85% of the population who are not ‘touched’ right now by SAA, President Hennessy’s move abroad, Yale’s International document/Rick Levin


o Yale has a defined international strategy, which is not focused on traditional ‘target’ markets (ie where population is high – London, France and Japan) and is instead focused on markets deemed important from the top down (ie China, Middle East, India)


o Office of International Affairs is aware of international happenings (professors traveling, research projects, etc).  No formal requirements for coordination, it is based upon the office to gather the information.


o President has visited China 9x in the past two years


o MIT just completed an assessment of their alumni association international efforts.  This effort is parallel to a larger effort by the Institute as a whole.  The project was split into: speaking with internal stakeholders, interviewing 12 club presidents, data analysis.  Key findings were:


  • There is a lack of coordination/awareness on international happenings 
  • There is an effort to up the value of the alumni network and coordinate


 o Columbia is hosting the first ever international conference in Paris – three day large scale event


 o Penn has events as needed or every year in Europe, Asia and Latin America – these are university driven events


o Dartmouth worked to evaluate alumni abroad given their campaign and was unable to justify international events given the few development prospects abroad and the different giving philosophy. 


o Princeton had the same issue as Dartmouth.



 Describe your correspondence with international clubs.  How do you reach out to them?  Is language ever a barrier (thus alienating ex-pats)?


o MIT has some issues with club information/email in other languages


o Columbia:

  • Most items are in English
  • In Italy – they use both English and Italian
  • In France – there is use of ‘frenglish’
  • If there is a perceived issue, then Columbia asks the club to revert to English, as that is the language of the School


o Yale:


  • This is less of an issue as ex-pats tend to be running the clubs


o Stanford:


  • There is a regional email every other month listing upcoming events, subdivided into the following regions:
  • Pacific/Asia/Australia
  • Great Britian/France
  • Europe/Africa/Middle East
  • Latin America
  • Canada – divided into three territories and combined with domestic US regions as appropriate
  • Stanford does not regularly receive minutes of club board meetings, etc.



 Do you have ‘shadow’ alumni databases internationally?


o Princeton has issues sometimes with shadow databases


o There might be issues sometimes because the definition of ‘alum’ is inadequate (ie visiting professor, certificate holder, etc)


o MIT ensures there is a data exchange annually – this data exchange is spurred on the annual visit



 Using international clubs to enhance the current student experience/int’l careers


o Yale: There is a goal to have each student have an international experience.  This has translated largely into students having summer internships.  Yale Career services are thus coordinating 1,000 summer internships. There has been limited/no coordination with international clubs.


o Columbia: This is the first summer of having more of a focus on careers abroad.  The alumni association and careers teams did a trip together to London and Hong Kong.  They were able to work together successfully and involve the club, coordinate welcome meetings, mentorship, etc


o Dartmouth: 70% of students go abroad – largely coordinated by ‘Off Campus Programs’ team.  That team does let the alumni association know of where students are traveling.  This has been a no-brainer and has been a real hit.

 Programs: New Alumni Welcome, Grad Student Send Off

o Princeton: New alumni welcome  - Great Britain, this has been a personal call (driven by the alumni volunteer).  They have monthly data feeds from alumni records of alumni who have moved into an area


o MIT: Coordinated a grad student send-off.  They were able to get admit names (though it likely wasn’t the exact list) from the undergrad admissions office.  In larger locations/where they know there will be an event, they send over event boxes which contain newspaper, balloons, cocktail napkins, etc



 Finding ways/locations to leverage Ivy+ 


o Mona (Stanford) will send out a list of countries to all break out session participants and will coordinate collecting responses from Ivy+ colleagues.  The goal is to determine if there might be a way to ‘formalize’ the Ivy+ connection in a set of countries.

o Contact each other when we were going to travel and meet with our volunteer board to see about inviting volunteer board members from other universities

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