Australian Researchers’ Mobility Portal

Monday 15th September 2008

On September 11, a new Germany Internet portal titled “Alumniportal” officially went live. The portal is aimed at people who studied, or had some form of education in Germany, and hopes to provide a platform for sustainable networking.

Over 230,000 international alumni are supervised through the organizations InWEnt, DAAD, AGEF, ZAV and Goethe-Institut each year. With the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development the organizations have now launched this Website to promote long-lasting networking. Alumniportal Deutschland links people beyond professional and cultural boundaries.

Furthermore, the website wants to prevent contact just fizzling out and describes the advantages to alumni as follows: “Many alumni possess valuable knowledge and have many contacts. For example, they are able to assist with a new beginning or a return to the workplace, they can build up and support networks or assist companies and organizations as on-the-ground competent advisory partners – they are an invaluable source of skills. Not only do Alumni have the necessary expertise, they have also acquired linguistic and intercultural skills during their stay in Germany.”

Alumniportal is now available as a beta version in German and English as follows: www.alumniportal-deutschland.org. The portal is accessible worldwide and interested Germany alumni can sign up for free and use the portal already. The website is currently inviting alumni from Africa to sign up in the first stage and so therefore the topics currently on the website are focussed on the region.