UQ Business School Alumni Association celebrates alumni membership growth25 February 2008

The UQ Business School Alumni Association, the fastest growing graduate network at UQ, experienced double-digit growth in membership and participation at alumni events in 2007. Alumni membership in the UQBS Alumni Association increased 65 percent in 2007 and has grown a total of 300 percent since 2004.

The UQBS Alumni Association provides networking and professional development opportunities for alumni of the UQ Business School. The UQBS Alumni Association Executive Committee acknowledges the successes of 2007 are a direct result of the newly initiated integrated and targeted marketing campaigns and events. Peter Moutsatsos, President of the UQBS Alumni Association Executive Committee, said "I work with a great team of intelligent and committed individuals, all of whom volunteer hours of their time and expertise each month to provide opportunities for their fellow alums to connect with each other and with UQ Business School." "Over the last two years, we have worked hard to transform alumni events for the UQ Business School to be synonymous with high profile, successful networking events and guest speakers." "Our astounding growth in members is testament to our success in providing people, many young professionals, with the opportunities to enhance themselves in this competitive labour market and to add value to their academic qualifications."

The UQBS Alumni Association hosted four major events in 2007 that resulted in 50 percent greater alumni attendance in 2007 compared to 2006. A new event, Speed Networking for Business, proved to be very popular, twice attracting more than 75 alumni and industry participants. Another major highlight of 2007 was the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which boasted guest speaker Professor Ian Frazer, 2006 Australian of the Year. Moutsatsos said, "The strength of our alumni is exemplified by our ability to attract speakers such as Professor Frazer to our AGM and to talk to business professionals and students from all levels of experience and fields of study." 2007 also saw the development of strong relationships between the UQBS Alumni Association, UQ student groups and industry partnerships through opportunities for joint events and sponsorships. The UQBS Alumni Association's 2008 Calendar of Events is already set to be as successful as last year. Alumni can keep informed on the UQBS Alumni Association's events, news and professional development workshops through the monthly Alumni Update newsletter.

Membership to the UQBS Alumni Association is free and provides numerous benefits including: 20 percent discount on UQ Executive Education Courses, free UQ Library membership for the first year after graduation, access to UQ international alumni chapters and free Employment Services. The UQBS Alumni Association Executive Committee is comprised of ten UQ alumni from various business disciplines. If you are a graduate or are soon to be graduating with a degree from UQ Business School, you can become a member of the UQ Business School Alumni Association.

You can join here or contact alumni@business.uq.edu.au.

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