The University of Helsinki’s Helsinki Alumni Hub is a new interactive online portal for members of the University’s alumni community. In the portal, members can effortlessly join in discussion and network with one another, register for training and events as well as find benefits and services targeted exclusively at alumni.
“Our alumni have expressed a wish for opportunities to develop their skills and help students. Whether you are looking for training or former fellow students, or are willing to mentor a student, the Helsinki Alumni Hub offers an uncomplicated channel for all of this,” says Pia Dolivo, head of community relations at the University.
The Helsinki Alumni Hub brings people and conversations together – in Finland and abroad. While face-to-face encounters will hopefully again become possible after the pandemic subsides, the Hub lowers the threshold for taking part. In the middle of our hectic everyday lives, participating is easier online. Now, members of the alumni community not living in Helsinki in particular are afforded new opportunities to participate.
“Through alumni activities, our alumni have found, among other things, new partners, inspiration for embarking on a new career path and more extensive networks. Our multidisciplinary alumni community is an unquestionable resource for all: anything can happen when bold influencers come together in dialogue,” Dolivo says.
Interaction between the University of Helsinki and its alumni is important, as it enables increasing the quality of teaching, the diversity of research and the impact of the University. In future, the Helsinki Alumni Hub makes it easier to conduct dialogue with alumni. In future, the Helsinki Alumni Hub makes it easier to conduct dialogue with alumni.
“The opinions and ideas of alumni enrich University operations, while members of the community are also happy to contribute to the development of the University. This is why volunteering has been made easy in the Hub. Already now, members of the alumni community make significant contributions to the University’s operations – every year, they donate more than 1,000 hours of their time in the form of volunteer work,” Dolivo says.
At the moment, the community comprises more than 48,000 alumni, who in fact constitute an influential network of experts in Finland and abroad. Contacts with alumni and related collaboration are a central part of the University’s public engagement.
“Our alumni are experts active in all sectors of society. Thanks to our alumni, the expertise housed and research conducted at the University of Helsinki, as well as the innovations based on them, are disseminated throughout society. Both alumni and we at the University boldly believe in the power of thought – together for the world.”