Queen’s Alumni Association’s global network of branches keeps graduates connected to campus and to each other through events and activities in 45 cities throughout the world, all organized by local alumni volunteers.
The Alumni Travel program allows alumni to take part in organized tours led by university faculty, providing opportunities to learn, connect with fellow graduates and discover the world.
Opportunities for 2012 include a chance to cruise the Baltic Sea led by Professor Jonathan Rose (Political Studies), to get an insider’s guide to Berlin, or to voyage around Iceland led by Professor John Smol (Biology). "We’d like alumni to see the university a resource for lifelong learning experiences," says Judith Brown, Executive Director of Alumni Relations. "In a reciprocal relationship with alumni, what the University gives best is education."
International reunions have also continued to prove popular. This year’s UK Alumni weekend at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) brought together alumni from the UK and across Europe -- including Paris, Brussels, and Basel, Switzerland. Held on the grounds of the BISC, the reunion provided alumni the opportunity to reconnect in a picturesque setting, hear from BISC faculty, and learn about this unique campus of Queen’s.
As often happens when you are working through the Queen’s network, one of the reunion attendees, working in the field of archaeology, has since agreed to come and teach a portion of the new archeology field school for students based at the BISC. Another, a professor from Paris, has agreed to deliver a guest lecture on World War One history. These are more examples of alumni contributing to the education of future alumni.