Alumni look forward to revisiting UiB

More than 3,400 former University of Bergen students have registered on UiB’s alumni home page. The goal is to register 5,000 alumni before UiB’s alumni day, 12 September 2015.

UiB alumni gathered at the 2014 UiB alumni day.
LINKED FOR LIFE: The UiB Alumni Network aims to form lifelong connections between the university and its alumni. The photo is from the 2014 UiB alumni day.
Paul S. Amundsen

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The University of Bergen (UiB) started its alumni work in 2006. Now the university wants to build on the work done to stay in touch with its students after graduation.

“The goal is to establish a solid network and to form a lifelong connection between the university and the alumni that we can all benefit from,” says Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

All current or former UiB students as well as staff members can join the university alumni community.

“The university wants to be a source of knowledge for our students also after graduation. Former students are important ambassadors for UiB. We depend on previous students who can talk about an exciting and stimulating time of study at UiB to be able to attract the best new students,” says Olsen.


Former students recommend UiB

A poll among former UiB students was performed just before Christmas 2014. Some of the responses from the poll:

  • 96 per cent of the respondents say that they would recommend UiB to other students.
  • 75 per cent of the respondents say that they are proud or very proud of their UiB education.
  • 50 per cent of the respondents say that they are interested in participating at UiB-organised events.
  • 42 per cent of the respondents say that they have helped other UiB students to get a job.
  • 35 per cent of the respondents would be interested in contributing with advice and guidance to current UiB students.

The poll also indicated that 30 per cent of the respondents are interested in participating in alumni work in some or other form, but are uncertain as to how to contribute. The UiB alumni staff is currently working to find ways in which previous students may contribute and to communicate this clearly to the university’s alumni.

The first opportunity would be to participate in the planning of the alumni day on Saturday 12 September 2015. View pictures from last year’s event here.

UiB alumni are also encouraged to be available as providers of valuable advice to current UiB students. Alumni who are interested are advised to follow UiB Alumni in social media (see FACTS).


UiB alumni found worldwide

At a alumni meeting in London in August 2012, the attendees said that they missed someone to talk to after graduating from UiB. The discussion led to a good offer for current students interested in going to London, as many of those who attended the alumni meeting offered to chat or skype with them to provide advice. Being a mentor doesn’t have to be more complicated than that,” says Professor Jill Walker Rettberg, who has headed UiB’s Alumni Council since 2012.

Close to 50 per cent of the respondents from the alumni poll live in Bergen, with Oslo in second place. However, UiB also has alumni from all over the world: Europe, the United States, Canada, Bangladesh, Israel, Peru and China, to mention but a few countries.

If you wish to get involved in alumni work or to register as a UiB alumnus, you may do so via UiB’s Alumni portal.