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ERIC Number: EJ931743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0748-478X
Long-Distance Connection
Clift, Kate
CURRENTS, v36 n7 p32-38 Sep 2010
Transient populations, cultural diversity, language barriers, competing loyalties, and geographic separation are just some of the challenges international schools face in communicating and connecting with their alumni. And these issues are not going to get any easier as the sector grows. Communicating effectively with large, diverse groups of people is always difficult. But before alumni professionals from international schools can rise to this challenge, they must first find their alumni. While digital communications can play a central role for international schools, they are ultimately facilitating connection at a distance. To encourage stronger engagement with the school, it is important to combine digital communications with opportunities for face-to-face interactions between alumni and members of the current school community. Out of necessity, many of these get-togethers must extend beyond the confines of the school campus. With greater competition for students, the value for each school's alumni network is indisputable. Schools with the foresight to invest in robust alumni programs will be better able to call upon their alumni to provide added value to the school, which will distinguish them from the rest of the sector. International school alumni programs bridge continents to build global networks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France; Peru; Singapore; Switzerland; Taiwan; United Kingdom (England); United States