More than 180 alumni, faculty, and current students gathered for EHU’s annual alumni reunion in Minsk. The reunion featured presentations of alumni projects, a performance by the popular band Adis Abeba, and a retro-themed party at the new nightspot Piraty Club.
“This is already our fifth large-scale alumni meeting and by far the largest,” notes EHU Alumni Relations Coordinator Andrei Khrapavitski (BA Political Science and European Studies, 2010). “Alumni have responded with a lot of enthusiasm to our alumni initiatives and say they enjoy the opportunity to meet and work with former classmates and teachers.”
EHU recently announced the creation of the EHU Alumni Association, which will unite alumni from all around the world, and encourages alumni to join the initiative group that will establish the Association’s bylaws. The EHU Alumni Association will be officially launched at the Annual Alumni Homecoming in Vilnius this July.
Also, EHU alumni recently announced that they are starting an alumni chapter in Minsk.
“The Minsk alumni club is an informal community aimed at supporting friendly and professional ties between EHU alumni residing in the Belarusian capital. The club is an opportunity not only to maintain virtual communication, which we can do via our Facebook group, but also through face-to-face meetings, sharing of experience, and organization of new intellectual projects. We invite everyone interested to join,” says EHU alumna Snezhana Rohach (MA Comparative History of Northeast European Countries 2009).
Similar initiatives are emerging in Vilnius, where alums will help freshmen better integrate in Vilnius as a part of EHU’s LitPro project.
“EHU alumni will advise current students on available job opportunities and interesting activities in Vilnius. We are planning excursions to offices where our alumni work, a guided tour of places where Vilnius alums like to socialize, and social gatherings of our own, such as a barbecue with live music,” says EHU alumna and lecturer Inesa Stolper (BA International Law 2011).
EHU’s recently completed all-alumni survey shows that over 60% of EHU alumni reside in Belarus with an overwhelming majority (90%+) holding jobs and affirming that EHU helped them to succeed. More than one-third of EHU’s 2,000+ graduates are in touch with their alma mater, and that number is growing.