Movers and Shakers
A group of enterprising go-getters have established the University's newest alumni network.
For an institution that helps go-getters turn their ideas into reality, it's no surprise that the launch of the Education Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation's alumni network was largely due to the initiative of its graduates.
The Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation Chapter--the University's 20th alumni network-was officially launched late in 2006 at the National Wine Centre. According to Chapter President, four-time University of Adelaide graduate and key mover in the network's establishment, Simon Williams, it was a natural progression for ECIC alumni to form an official group.
"Many of the current students and alumni were gathering informally so we decided to get our act together and form a network," said Mr Williams.
"Entrepreneurship and technology commercialisation don't really have a specific industry group that we can join post graduation. Given that people were very keen on networking and keeping in touch, an alumni network seemed the obvious next step."
ECIC Director Professor Noel Lindsay and faculty staff worked closely with Mr Williams to get the network up and running, a connection that Professor Lindsay said would continue. "The ECIC hopes to offer 'upgrade' courses in the future to keep its alumni abreast of new and interesting issues, and it will also host special seminars and workshops for the alumni whenever visiting scholars are here."
Linking undergraduates, graduates, the ECIC, graduate employers, professional bodies and friends of the faculty, the network aims to create a mutually beneficial community of professionals.
"We see the purpose and vision of the network as enriching our business communities, developing future leaders and ensuring the continuation of excellence in the ECIC. We also want to recognise and reward the achievements of stakeholders in the professions represented within the ECIC," Mr Williams said.
While the network is still finalising events and programs for the coming year, there are plans for a mid-year dinner in June, the establishment of a book club and a survey of all interested parties in April. Professor Lindsay said that he foresees the network taking on a "life of its own".
"The ECIC's alumni comprises an elite group of graduates from a variety of fields, professions and countries. Participants in our courses tend to be 'go-getters' who are motivated to achieve. I would like to see the alumni meeting on a regular basis to ensure members can take advantage of the quality network of contacts that exist," Professor Lindsay said.
Network membership is open to graduates and current students of the ECIC, past and present members of the faculty and any other people who have an interest in the network's objectives.
For further information about the Network, visit www.ecic.adelaide.edu.au/alumni/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
STORY LANA GUINEAY