• Apr
    16
    2014
  • In conjunction with the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York, the Association of Yale Alumni organized a workshop on How to Manage NYC-Based Alumni Associations of Home-Country Universities. Presented by Mark Dollhopf, Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni, the workshop offered insights, strategies and tips on how to cultivate and engage the New York area alumni who are so vital to your work.

    Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni Mark Dollhopf

    Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni Mark Dollhopf

    Why is it essential for universities to build a strong Alumni community around the world? Is it fundraising? Networking? Branding? Last year in the US, 2 million students studied abroad. The internationalization of education increases competition between institutions looking to attract the best students from all over the world. The students and the alumni are the ambassadors for the institution, enhancing its reputation. 

    At Yale, 57% of students benefit from financial aid, and if your family’s annual income is under $75,000 USD, your education will be free of charge. For many students abroad, it is less expensive to attend Yale than their universities at home. Yale’s rationale from providing aid is that by having the best students and engaging them throughout their careers, they will become the most valuable ambassadors, attracting promising future students from around the world. 

    Universities are competing for the best resources, such as notable faculty and talented students. They now understand that Alumni networks are a very powerful and untapped resource. Of course fundraising is a non-negligible part of this. Last year, Yale (that has annual operation budget of 3 billion) raised $600 million through donations.  The money donated contribute to growing the endowment of the University that amounts 22 billion. Each year, circa 1.4 million of the endowment is allocated to the annual budget. These numbers show the significance of alumni money in the overall budget of the School

    Mark Dollhopf sharing his experience on how to Manage NYC-Based Alumni Associations of Home-Country Universities.

    Mark Dollhopf sharing his experience on how to Manage NYC-Based Alumni Associations of Home-Country Universities

    Raising money from Alumni seems consequently essential and part of the business model of these institutions. Naturally, the question is “How”. How is it possible to generate that amount of contribution from Alumni and how to ask them? The starting point is to know who they are, where do they live and how to contact them. European universities differ from the American methods of tracking and contacting Alumni but with the digitalization of data and the increase of social platforms, it is much easier for an institution to keep a track of their Alumni. 

    Having Alumni in your database is only the beginning; the challenging part is how to get them involved in the Alumni community. The strategic role of Alumni departments is to find and empower leaders able to engage and inspire others alumni in order to encourage collaboration and events. At Yale, there are more than 400 Alumni organizations and nearly 5,000 events globally, sorted in different categories: class, vocation, shared interest group, schools (Business School, Medical School, etc.).

    Francois Barras, Ambassador, Consul General of Switzerland

    Francois Barras, Ambassador, Consul General of Switzerland

    Yale believes in this bottom-up approach. People like to give and share. When contacting their Alumni, they do not ask for money, instead they invite alumni to be a part of the community and to serve a cause. They ask how they would like to get involved, what are their passions, what are they good at. Each alumnus feeds the community and its many interests, contributing to a successful network. It is proven that “empowered” alumni are more willing to donate to the School.

    The event gathered over twenty people from different consulates. The interactive presentation provided the consuls insides and tips on the necessity for high education institutes to develop their relationships and network abroad.. The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York represents 113 NYC-based Consulates General and promotes good relations between the NYC Consular Corps and our hosts, New York City and the United States of America. We thank Mark Dollhopf from the Association of Yale Alumni for having shared his experience and knowledge with the audience.

    Joanne Bolens, Jennifer Charlton & Nathalie Monnet: swissnex NY Outpost, Consulate General of Switerland in New York

    Apr
    15
    2014
  • Great lunch today with our #zhny #ambassadors! They will be helping us to spread the word about #zurich meets #newyork. #switzerland #swiss #festivals #nyc

    Great lunch today with our #zhny #ambassadors! They will be helping us to spread the word about #zurich meets #newyork. #switzerland #swiss #festivals #nyc

    Apr
    09
    2014
  • Our programs for #zurich meets #newyork have arrived! #zhny #festivals #nyc check out the website for a full listing of events: zurichmeetsnewyork.org

    Our programs for #zurich meets #newyork have arrived! #zhny #festivals #nyc check out the website for a full listing of events: zurichmeetsnewyork.org

    Apr
    07
    2014
  • Last night we hosted a reception for the #Spring Meeting of @ABAInternatl at the Swiss Residence with Swiss lawyers. See our pictures here: http://ow.ly/3iUCsw #IntlawSpring14

    Last night we hosted a reception for the #Spring Meeting of @ABAInternatl at the Swiss Residence with Swiss lawyers. See our pictures here: http://ow.ly/3iUCsw #IntlawSpring14

    Apr
    04
    2014
  • Swiss Events in New York, April 1 - 15, 2014

    Don’t miss these upcoming Swiss events in New York! 

    Apr
    02
    2014
  • Mar
    20
    2014
  • Meet Swiss Figure Skater and Guinness Record Holder: Lucinda Ruh

    Recently we had the chance to meet the figure skater at the Consulate General. Lucinda Ruh is the World Guinness record holder in 2003 for the fastest and longest spinner on ice. Known as the Queen of Spin, she is clocking in at 6 rotations a second! Lucinda is also a two-time World Professional figure skating bronze medalist and a two-time National figure skating gold medalist.
     
    Originally from Zürich, Lucinda moved to the US to be a professional figure skater. Lucinda has toured with the most prestigious shows and tours in the world such as with Smucker’s Stars on Ice and Champions on Ice.
    She is also very active in the New York charity community and wrote her autobiography “Frozen Teardrop”.
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    Watch our interview with Lucinda to learn more.

    For more information visit her website : http://www.lucindaruh.com/Lucinda/Welcome.html
     
    Mar
    17
    2014
  • Behind-the-scene: meet the staff

    In our newest series, we’re profiling diplomats, transferable staff, and local employees at the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York to give you an inside peek into their daily tasks, professional backgrounds, and personal tastes!

    In the Spotlight: Head of Culture and Education Department Thomas Schneider

    Job Description: Head of the Culture and Education Department, where my 3 colleagues and I are promoting Switzerland by means of the arts and education.

    Hometown:  Muri bei Bern, on the outskirts of the Swiss capital

    Places you’ve lived: Muri bei Bern and Biel/Bienne before I joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Barcelona, Frankfurt am Main, Manila, Paris, Bern and Shanghai since I joined the FDFA.

    Current residence: New York City, since 2012

    Favorite things about the US: The welcoming attitude and the diversity of its people

    What you miss about Switzerland: Some of the eatables that I can’t get here in New York. 

    Recommended New York hot spot: Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art on Wooster Street in SoHo

    Regular lunch place in Midtown: I mostly take my lunch in the office. If I go to the restaurant with guests, my favorite is Dock’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill, a typical New York restaurant.

    One thing on your desk right now is: a large button that says “High Fünf”, this year’s motto of the “Festival Neue Literatur”, a German language literary festival which took place beginning of March.

    Favorite moment or “highlight” since working at the Consulate:  To be frank: Every day in New York is a highlight!

    Your daily routine includes: Walking to the office, discussing the projects of my department with my staff, meeting with institutional partners, artist, educators, etc. either in my office or somewhere outside. Two to three times a week (sometimes more) I’m attending job related cultural or networking events in the evening. My working day often ends very late.

    If you could invite anyone to a lunch date, it would be: Rodger Federer, a great sportsman and Ambassador for Switzerland.

    Upcoming projects: We are always working on about 15 projects simultaneously. “Zurich Meets New York” is definitely the biggest one, coming up in May. So stay tuned for more information to be announced soon.

     

    Mar
    13
    2014
  • Such a pleasure to receive a thank you #art from #Swiss artist Sylvi Renggli! http://ow.ly/uwF5i

    Such a pleasure to receive a thank you #art from #Swiss artist Sylvi Renggli! http://ow.ly/uwF5i

    Mar
    12
    2014
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