They say it is not what you know, but who you know. One Edge Hill alumnus is hoping that it is a case of both as she returns to India following her graduation as part of a team helping to set up an international alumni society.
Alina Lojo, from India, recently completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and says that she chose Edge Hill for a number of reasons. “I obviously wanted to go to a good university and Edge Hill was at the top of my shortlist because of the friendly and prompt replies I got to all my queries, its location, the fact that the cost of living was less than at other places and also because of its reputation for quality placement opportunities.”
She believes she chose well and reveals that the UK experience provided many benefits she would not have gained in her home country. “The way of learning and teaching is very different here. Initially, though I found it difficult, with the continuous support of tutors and other staff, I soon picked it up and found myself enjoying it and achieving good marks. The highlight of my time was my dissertation, which I was only able to complete with the help of Edge Hill’s Alumni Team.”
Based around the popularity of commercial accounting packages among micro and small businesses, the Alumni Team put Alina in touch with a number of relevant former students of the University, who she then interviewed for her project.
“It was only with that assistance that I was able to complete my dissertation and MBA course,” adds Alina. “It just highlights one of the many benefits that we can achieve by being a part of an alumni community. It helps in creating new friends and maintaining existing ones and, most importantly, it means you still remain in touch with your university and retain the feeling of belonging even when you have finished your course. You never say goodbye to your university and the dear friends you make there.”
Keen to ensure others access the benefits she did, Alina, along with several friends, has made moves to create the first ever Edge Hill University International Alumni Society (EHUIAS). The aim is to develop, enhance and support a network of mutually beneficial relationships between alumni, students and the University, as well as provide opportunities for debate, networking and the chance to meet industry professionals and business leaders.
“I believe that contact or social networking is very important to international students, as they are not based in their home country,” she explains. “Therefore, they need to keep friends and make new ones, and the best way to do that is through an international alumni society. This contact and social networking is important to access good job opportunities as well, as you never know when a friend will be helpful. The more contacts you have, the more chance you have of being in the right place at the right time.”
So far, the society have set up a Facebook page for anyone interested in joining and they plan to develop regular communications and events, but they are also keen to hear from anyone with ideas about how else to take things forward.
Click here for more information about the EHUIAS. For further information on the Alumni Service offered at Edge Hill visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/alumni or contact the Alumni Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.