La Trobe is proud to have an alumni community spanning more than 100 countries. No matter where they are based, alumni are encouraged to stay connected with La Trobe to make the most of career development and networking opportunities.
To help alumni connect with each other, La Trobe has launched an international alumni ambassador program. Ambassadors act as key contacts for fellow alumni based in their country, including supporting alumni reunions and events, offering ‘welcome home’ support to new graduates and reconnecting with alumni who may have lost contact with La Trobe.
Alumni ambassadors gain access to professional development as well as involvement in VIP activities and the University’s senior delegate visits.
Among La Trobe’s international alumni ambassadors is Piers Matthews, who studied a Bachelor of Asian Studies at La Trobe and is now based in China.
Piers said he was excited to volunteer as an ambassador for La Trobe.
“I am proud of having studied at La Trobe University and hope that I can play a small part in helping to represent La Trobe here in China,” Piers said. “When I attended the 50th anniversary event in Shanghai last year it was great to meet other alumni, and see the professional group of staff arranging these types of events. I hope I can stay connected, meet more La Trobe alumni, and boost awareness of La Trobe University in China,” he said.
For Fabian Huttner, who completed a Master of Management at La Trobe in 2016, becoming an ambassador provided the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow alumni in his home country of Germany.
“It gives me the opportunity to be in contact with bright, motivated and dedicated alumni and help them guide their way in my home country,” Fabian said. “It also allows me to say thank you to the La Trobe community for the generous support I received during my studies and afterwards,” he said.
In Shanghai, international alumni ambassador Bojun Gu said he was excited to meet people who shared similar positives experiences of studying abroad.
“I met a lot of good friends at La Trobe, and being part of the alumni community means I can meet even more,” Bojun said. “I hope to be able to help the University and its alumni build a strong platform for communication.”
In France, Antoine Bouchard said building a network of like-minded professionals was integral to building a successful career.
“Building La Trobe’s network abroad is always a great opportunity to connect with previous students and show current and future students the strength of La Trobe’s alumni association,” Antoine said. “My advice is to be active, talk to people, and create a good network.”
To find out how to become involved in La Trobe’s international alumni program, including becoming an international alumni ambassador, visit our website.