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“By now, an Alumni event takes places somewhere in the world every day,” says Daniel Knus, Executive Officer of HSG Alumni, thus referring to the central role of “networking” for his organisation. For the first time ever in the history of the association, four international conferences with a total of 1,000 participants were run in Hong Kong, St.Gallen, Frankfurt and New York: “Without the commitment of many volunteers in our worldwide clubs, this would never work out,” says Knus.
"Achieving excellence through a culture of giving."
In the context of the strategic initiative “Creating benefit”, HSG Alumni extended its interactive services. Together with the Executive School, the association launched webinars, in which up to 900 alumnæ and alumni can simultaneously learn about the latest research findings in digital lunchtime meetings and are able to ask HSG experts questions. In addition, the new “HSG Alumni Entrepreneurs” podcast is a format which portrays HSG entrepreneurs in just under 30 minutes.
Currently, a very high value is accorded to the third strategic pillar, “Providing support”. Together with the HSG Foundation and the University, HSG Alumni is very actively involved in the fund-raising drive for the benefit of the HSG Learning Center. In the wider Alumni community, the campaign for the benefit of the privately funded building was launched at the HSG Alumni Conference in St.Gallen; this provided the cornerstone on which further efforts will now gradually be made. Daniel Knus is impressed by the commitment with which alumnæ and alumni are behind this project and have expressed this through substantial financial donations – especially the sensibly complements the government investments in the extension of the HSG and encourages new forms of teaching and learning at the HSG. He is equally impressed by the speed: the building is funded before construction even starts. “This model – government provides the basis, private individuals commit themselves to making complementary contributions, perhaps also to urgent projects – is likely to be put into effect in the future in order to achieve excellence,” says Knus. This large-scale project is also a starting point for HSG Alumni and its efforts to establish a broad-based “culture of giving”, i.e. a culture in which it is a matter of course for alumnæ and alumni to make regular donations to small and big projects to their alma mater."
In the wake of the Joint Medical Master and the IT program, the composition of HSG Alumni will change too. Daniel Knus is looking forward to this development. The association will become more diverse, which is invigorating. Incidentally, he says, HSG Alumni already has a strong medical community with holders of Executive Master’s degrees such as the EMBA. In the coming year, HSG Alumni will launch a new, more interactive internet platform for its members. Another Asia Weekend will be organised, and the 10th International HSG Alumni Conference will take place in Berne.