Welcome to our first edition.

Welcome to Exchanges, the Newsletter of the Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange (YaleGALE).  As an introduction to this inaugural edition, here are a few YaleGALE statistics to give perspective on the progress of the program.

The many dozens of Yale alumni who participated in the YaleGALE 2009 exchange in Japan, standing in front of a medieval Japanese house with a Yale banner.

Since we began the program in 2008, we have taken 5 trips in 4 years: Australia, Japan, Turkey, China and Israel. We will be in the U.K. in the summer of 2012. That is over 350 delegates visiting universities.

We have worked on campus or individually with over 20 educational institutions including: The Australian National University, University of Tokyo, Waseda University, University of Kyoto, Doshisha University, Ritsumeikan University, Istanbul University, Bahçeşehir University, Bilkent University, Yaşar University, Sabanci University, Koç University, Peking University, Tsing Hua University, Renmin University, Fudan University, Sun Yat Sen University, New Asia College (CUHK), University of Haifa, The Technion, Weizmann Institute, Ben Gurion University, Yemin Orde, and Hebrew University.

We have held three Alumni Leadership Conferences in Istanbul, Beijing and Tel Aviv engaging over 50 universities in the sharing of best practices in alumni relations.

It is exciting that with this Newsletter, we are able to share details of our missions and reports from our partnering universities.  We hope you are inspired by learning of the new developments in alumni relations all over the world as well as the broader initiatives discussed here.

Thanks to John Boak ’70 and Ben Slotznick ’70 for creating this forum for us to share our stories, our successes and our challenges. Please let us know what you have been doing to further alumni engagement at your institution.

Best wishes,

Kathy Edersheim,’87
Chairperson, YaleGALE

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