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27,000 members, 180 clubs and about 350 events a year: the HSG Alumni network provides a lively exchange throughout the world – those who want to can meet with former students of the HSG at an event of the business network virtually every day.
"Shared university days
forge lifelong links."
Sven Corus has all the threads in this hands. The event manager from Bremen has been coordinating the events of the alumni organisation of the University of St.Gallen for two years. "I find it fun to get a great deal going with our small team," says the former HSG student. He decided to work for the St.Gallen head office during the last year of his studies in Bogotà, Colombia.
He is enthusiastic about the community spirit of the network: "Shared university days forge lifelong links. Our older members like to share their experience with students and other alumni and lend them a helping hand as mentors and door-openers." Sven Corus finds an exchange between generations important at all the events. Thus young entrepreneurs are engaged as speakers at the annual meeting of the HSG Alumni Senior Chapters, students are invited to career events, and Student Union committee members join in the discussions at the HSG Alumni strategy meeting. Worldwide, Sven Corus and his team are in contact with just under 60 clubs abroad, and currently an HSG alumna is visiting them on a round-the-world trip.
To offer network members unique encounters, Sven Corus involves experts from the HSG and from industry from various companies. "Our members appreciate well-prepared information about industrial trends and current issues such as the sharing economy, robotics, digital transformation or HealthCare 4.0. The standard expected of events that people attend personally rather than viewing online is increasing – thus we’re always called upon to provide unique encounter platforms." Besides conferences such as the HSG Alumni Forum, excursions and small-scale get-togethers are also popular: thus members of the newly established St.Gallen Art Club go to see exhibitions together, and executives take students on hikes on their local mountains.