A global alumni network that’s built to last
During the last seven years LAU’s Alumni Relations organization has experienced exponential growth within its global network of alumni. The number of LAU alumni chapters has more than doubled during that time, and the Alumni Relations team has become an active and vital aspect of life on campus and beyond at LAU.
Members of the Abu Dhabi Alumni Chapter honor President Jabbra at a gala dinner last March
“Vice President Rumsey understands the importance of alumni to the university and this was one of the keys to the rapid development of the Alumni Relations Office and the Alumni Association,” said Abdallah Al-Khal, LAU’s Executive Director for Alumni Relations. “He helped to establish a well-structured alumni program and a well-organized Alumni Association.”
New chapters have developed across the Middle East and into Europe in recent years. And thanks to the extraordinary work of the Alumni Relations team, many of these chapters are energized and fully engaged in promoting and supporting their alma mater in ways that were unheard of only a few short years ago.
LAU alumni gather at a Yalla! event in Florida
In North America, a region that had only one functioning alumni chapter (in Toronto) seven years ago, the growth has been astounding. With twelve chapters, from coast-to-coast, and counting, the alumni organization in North America is on quite an upswing. And thanks to the Yalla! campaign and other activities, donor participation among alumni worldwide his increased markedly.
"I can’t say enough about the work that Abdallah and his team, as well as Ed Shiner in New York, have done to galvanize our global alumni network," Rumsey said. "Our alumni team has worked so hard over the last several years to build and engage an alumni community that is fast becoming second-to-none."