Silke Rodenberg: "Building up a worldwide network and keeping it alive is not something that can be done from Heidelberg alone."
The big day has arrived. The first external chapter for international alumni of the University of Heidelberg is to be established today in Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg). Its foundation takes place within the framework of the Alumni Plus advancement programme of the German Academic Exchange Service. The aim is to establish alumni chapters in many different countries and to link them up in a network both amongst themselves and with the University of Heidelberg.
These chapters will form the interface between the University and its alumni and will also perform important functions for both sides. Silke Rodenberg, head of Heidelberg Alumni International, is greatly looking forward to the start-up assembly in Luxembourg. At the first regional meeting of alumni from the Benelux countries in Luxembourg in October 2004, she had this to say about the University's desire to establish an international alumni network: "Building up a worldwide network of this kind and keeping it alive is not something that can be done from Heidelberg alone."
Among the participants expected at the initial assembly (alongside the Heidelberg alumni themselves) are Francois Biltgen, Luxembourg's minister of culture, higher education and research, Jean Tonnar of the local council of Esch-sur-Alzette, Kathrin Mayer of the German embassy in Luxembourg and Silke Rodenberg of the University of Heidelberg. Another guest on this first evening in Luxembourg is the writer Rafik Schami, a friend and former fellow-student of many Luxembourg alumni and an extremely popular author in Germany and elsewhere. He will be talking about the time he spent at the University of Heidelberg.
Thanks to the chapter and the initiative of a number of active alumni, the Luxembourg alumni will soon have the opportunity to exchange news and views on the newly created internet platform and to plan joint activities. There is no shortage of ideas. It will be interesting to say how they will be put into practice.
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