to the Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange website. YaleGALE is an
AYA initiative that seeks the advancement of education through
alumni engagement and leadership,
fosters rich cultural understanding among participating universities,
and shares best practices in alumni relations across institutions.
was pioneered by
Yale and the Australian National University (ANU) both members of the
International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) in 2008 with a
delegation of Yale Alumni visiting ANU. You can learn more about the
first venture by clicking on the link to the left.
the success of YaleGALE in Australia, the program expanded to
Japan in 2009 working with the University of Tokyo and the University
Management Initiatives Consortium with representatives from
over 50 universities. YaleGALE hosted a delegation from
Japan at the AYA Assembly in November 2009. In 2010, YaleGALE worked
with universities in Turkey. In 2011, YaleGALE went to China to work
with universities in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and host the World
Alumni Leadership Conference in Beijing. Now we are ready to visit
Israel in February of 2012 and the UK in July 2012.
have we been invited to these universities? Because we - Yalies - are
leaders in alumni relations, and foreign universities want to learn
from us. Yale was the first college, in fact, to affiliate alumni by
classes, to organize reunions, to establish regional clubs - not to
mention the first to organize a representative alumni association!
in the rest of the world have very little culture of alumni
stewardship; they receive the bulk of their operating assistance from
governments or corporate entities. With no tangible reason to be
engaged, alumni are not compelled to provide for the next generation.
With no underlying mission or reason to reconnect, alumni of foreign
universities have not had reason to organize into class, club or school
affiliations, much less the rich variety of shared interest groups now
forming among alumni of American universities.
on the success of the World Alumni Leadership Conference that YaleGALE
organized in Istanbul in 2010, our programs now begin with the World
Alumni Leadership Conference in our host country. Participants have the
opportunity to lead a workshop on an area of alumni relations
experience and may be asked to sit on a panel with fellow Yale alumni
or participate in other ways to share experiences of volunteering at
Yale - experiences such as reunions, class dinners, mini-reunions, club
activities, AYA assemblies, AYA board meetings, Alumni Fund programs,
shared interest group activities - any and all such ways contribute
time and talent.
each alumni exchange we have the opportunity to transform the scope and
breadth of alumni collaborations, and to share our gifts with the rest
of the world.
is the sponsoring organization for the AYA Resource Book, a compendium
of alumni contributions describing active alumni engagement and the
personal motivation for being an involved alumnus.
is a Steering Committee of the AYA Board of Governors working to
enhance the global cooperation of the participating institutions and
broaden international affiliations to foster enhanced excellence in
education through alumni leadership.