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Airbus and the GEDC are delighted to announce the three finalists selected for the 2014 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. The three 2014 finalists are from Australia and USA (two candidates) and were selected from over 20 candidates from 12 countries.
The finalists will present their ideas to a distinguished jury at the World Education in Engineering Forum (WEEF) in Dubai, UAE on December 3rd 2014. The selection criteria will focus on the measureable success of the initiative, the transferability of the idea and the potential to inspire other diversity initiatives.
"At Airbus we are convinced that diversity is key a driver of innovation and high performance," said Charles Champion. "More diverse teams, means more inclusive teams, where everyone's ideas count. This is the kind of culture we foster at Airbus and I congratulate the 2014 finalists whose results also demonstrate what can be achieved with commitment and ambition."
"This year, we have been particularly impressed by the number of 'contagious' initiatives - those that have the potential to be replicated in other universities globally," explained John Beynon, Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide's Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Chair of the GEDC. "We want to inspire engineering leaders from around the world to join our drive to create a more diverse global community of engineers."
Marita Cheng is the founder of Robogals Global, an initiative designed to inspire girls aged 10-14 to choose engineering and technical careers, and to create a global community of engineering students committed to the cause of greater diversity. In six years, it has grown from a single university chapter to an international organisation that has so far reached over 20,000 girls worldwide, utilising a largely volunteer workforce of university students.
Bryan was chosen as a finalist for his work leading initiatives to recruit and retain underrepresented engineering students through the Engineering Career Awareness Program (ECAP) at the University of Arkansas (U of A). Between 2007-2014, minority enrollment in engineering programs at U of A increased by more than 190%, with a 150% rise in female undergraduates.
Bevlee was selected for her wide-ranging programs aimed at building an inclusive and diverse engineering student body at Virginia Tech, and now used as a model for institutions throughout the USA. Over 10,000 engineering students, many of them from underrepresented groups have been supported and mentored through the Program since its inception in 1992.
Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) have signed a formal partnership supporting Airbus' global student challenge, Fly Your Ideas.
This new agreement is another milestone in the partnership between Airbus & UNESCO, following the granting of patronage to the biennial student challenge in 2012. The partnership aims at further inspiring a new generation of engineers and innovators, while harvesting relationships between universities and industries through Fly Your Ideas. The agreement builds on the competition's success across three previous editions.
To celebrate the agreement, Airbus has extended the registration deadline to the competition: students willing to take part in Fly Your Ideas 2015 now have until 01st December 2014 to register online by submitting their ideas on www.airbus-fyi.com.
Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director General of Natural Sciences at UNESCO explained: "The empowerement of young generations coming from all backgrounds and all around the world, is key to develop innovative solutions and to improve the quality of life for all. Airbus' Fly Your Ideas Competition does an excellent job in challenging students worldwide to develop innovative ideas to respond to key challenges for aviation and thus helps strengthen UNESCO's work in engineering education."
Since the competition was launched in 2008 Airbus has inspired more than 11,000 students representing over 600 universities from 100 countries to get involved. Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus, Patron of Fly Your Ideas and co-signatory of the UNESCO partnership says, "Fly Your Ideas reflects the reality of how we work within this exciting global industry, with students from all disciplines and backgrounds innovating and working together in international, multidisciplinary teams. With Fly Your Ideas we want to inspire young people worldwide to seize the opportunity to make a difference with their ideas, and this partnership with UNESCO gives us an even greater chance to do just that."
Now in its fourth edition, Fly Your Ideas invites students worldwide to innovate for the future of aviation. Over a series of progressively challenging rounds, teams work with Airbus mentors and experts towards the live final in June 2015. Participants will have the chance to work with Airbus innovators to develop their ideas further throughout the competition. The winning team will receive ?30,000 (approx. US$40,000). Registrations are open until 1st December.
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Fly Your Ideas is a biennial international student competition held by Airbus, the world's leading aircraft manufacturer. Since its launch, in October 2008, the challenge has been a vast success, drawing together thousands of students from around the world.
This year's challenge inspired over 6,000 students from 82 countries to register with 618 teams submitting a proposal which had to cover one of six themes - Energy, Efficiency, Affordable Growth, Traffic Growth, Passenger Experience, and Community Friendliness - identified by Airbus as key 21st century challenges for a greener aviation industry.
The winning team will receive a prize of €30,000 and the runners up €15,000. The winners will be announced at an exclusive ceremony at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris on 14th June 2013.
The five finalists are:
For further details on the competition and the finalists' projects visit www.airbus-fyi.com.
If you would like to involve students from your university in the next edition, please email us at email@example.com.
Airbus and the GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council), the leading global organisation for engineering education, are making a final call for nominations for the inaugural GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. The initiative aims to reward individuals who have been pro-active in bringing more diversity into engineering classrooms around the world.
Nominees have until 31st May 2013, 12 midnight GMT to send in their submission which must be supported by a Dean of Engineering. The prize intends to reward initiatives which encourage students of all profiles, gender, social and cultural backgrounds as well as disability, to study and succeed in engineering.
Three finalists will be invited to the GEDC Annual Conference in Chicago in October 2013 to present their project. The Award Winner will benefit from 10.000 USD from Airbus to support the continuation of their work.
More information and submission forms can be downloaded here.
Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, speaks about inspiring young people with a passion for engineering and how innovative solutions can be identified within a diverse working environment.
We are delighted to announce the opening of a new branch in Romania in January 2013, in 'Little Paris', as Bucharest is known locally.
Radu Jlobnitchi, Head of Client Services at Petrus Communications and now Managing Director of Petrus in Romania, took up the challenge to set up a Romanian branch with a technology focus. "The last 4 years spent in France gave me the confidence and motivation to take up this opportunity. I am looking forward to forming a new team to make Petrus Communications Romania a top agency".
The team in Bucharest will be specialized in digital products and online communications and together with colleagues in France they will support the delivery of top quality services to our clients worldwide.
If your travels bring you to Bucharest please get in touch and come for a coffee in our city center offices.
Don't miss your opportunity to participate in Fly Your Ideas, compete against teams of students from around the world, and the chance to win a share of the €30,000 top prize. It's your chance to help shape a more sustainable aviation future by taking part in a competition that will showcase your ideas, innovative spirit and creativity.
Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus and Fly Your Ideas Patron, says: "Fly Your Ideas is a unique opportunity for students to be part of our vision for sustainable aviation. It's now just one month to go before the competition takes-off and we're asking anyone interested in helping to shape the future of flight - from any background and any discipline - to apply."
Make sure you register your team by 30 November 2012. The deadline for submitting your initial ideas by completing our on-line questionnaire is 12.00 noon GMT on 7 December. Good luck!
For more information and to register visit www.airbus-fyi.com.University Communications Contact for Fly Your Ideas:
Round 1 of Fly Your Ideas is now open! Students have until 7 December 2012 to submit their ideas for the sustainable aviation industry of the future.
Meet the team responsible for university communications at the EAIE Conference 2012 Dublin between 12 and 14 September. Find us in the exhibition area at stand 208.
For more information about the Fly Your Ideas 2013 go to www.airbus-fyi.com.
We’re thrilled to be at the AGR Annual Conference 2012! Kirsten Williamson, Petrus Communications’ Managing Director and Advisory Board member for the Wilson Review on how to make the UK the best place in the world for university-business relationships, will join a panel on Monday to discuss the impact of the review’s recommendations for recruiters.
The AGR Conference runs from Sunday 8th until Tuesday 10th of July 2012 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Gwent (UK). As every year, the conference will provide excellent opportunities to network and learn about current good practice in the graduate recruitment industry.
Will you be there? Email Kirsten to get together.
Airbus has unveiled the topics for the third edition of Fly Your Ideas at the Going Global international education conference in London, UK.
FYI 2013 asks students to develop ideas for the eco-efficient aviation industry of the future. It is part of the aircraft manufacturer’s Future by Airbus programme – a vision of sustainable air travel in 2050. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000; the runners-up €15,000.
The challenge is a rare opportunity for students to work directly with industry and business leaders. In FYI 2013 students and their academic mentors will have access to both an Airbus mentor to support the overall direction of their project and - new for 2013 - an Airbus expert in their chosen field.
The launch follows the success of FYI 2011 which drew entries from more than 2,600 students representing 287 universities and 75 countries. Students can sign up for news about the challenge and to be informed when registration opens by using the form available on the home page of www.airbus-fyi.com.
Photo by Frank Noon
Watch the best of Fly Your Ideas 2009 - 2011 video
After the success of the first episode of Total’s online energy simulation game with nearly 5000 participants worldwide, the second episode of “Genius, Play the Energy Mix!” was launched on 8th of March 2012.
Taking on board feedback from Episode 1, the prize range has been expanded, more options were added to the game and participants will now have the chance to hear from Total’s experts on relevant topics in exclusive online interviews.www.totalgeniuscampus.com
We’re excited to see the Wilson Review published and congratulate Sir Tim Wilson for producing such a considered report.
“We also want our universities to look again at how they work with business across their teaching and research activities, to promote better teaching, employer sponsorship, innovation and enterprise. We have asked Professor Sir Tim Wilson, former vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, to undertake a review into how we make the UK the best place in the world for university-industry collaboration.” (White Paper: Putting Students at the heart of higher education. paragraph 13, June 2011)
Kirsten Williamson, Petrus Communications’ Managing Director and Advisory Board member for the review, is recommending to all our clients and partner universities to investigate the 40 recommendations for inspiration on developing excellent university-business relationships for the future.
What: Social Media Week 2012
Where: 12 cities worldwide (Europe: Hamburg, London, Paris)
When: 13th – 17th of February 2012
Social Media Week is one of the world’s most unique global platforms, offering a series of interconnected activities and conversations around the world on emerging trends in social and mobile media across all major industries.
If you’re interested in the latest digital trends on how to engage with young people and how to create and manage a strong online brand, you might like to join us during Social Media Week in London. Drop an email to Radu Jlobnitchi, our digital marketing manager, who will be in London all week if you’d like to set up a meeting.• Young people and online digital engagement
The whole Petrus team would like to thank you for your support with the diverse global projects we ran in 2011.
Together we made it possible for 4750 students from 1033 universities in 102 countries to learn about energy management by playing Total’s Genius Play the Energy Mix! We enabled 2600 students from 287 universities in 75 countries to develop ideas for the sustainable future of flight, by taking part in the 2011 Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge. From China to Chile, we launched 7 recruitment campaigns and 4 internship programmes, attended 6 conferences and ran 12 research projects.
We look forward to working with you again next year and in the meanwhile we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2012.
Total is proud to launch its online energy simulation game, Genius, play the Energy Mix!
Through a competition, students from all around the world can become owners of Total with several portfolios of stocks, and many more!
The competition starts on October 31, 2011. Email us for more information.
The EMPLOI / INTAL joint reception at the EAIE Conference in Copenhagen was a great success with over 100 delegates joining the sponsors, Petrus, and the EMPLOI and INTAL boards for networking, excellent wine and Danish canapés and an international playlist compiled by the participants.
The evening passed in the Royal Hall of the Odd Fellow Palaet, a classic venue in between Copenhagen’s beautiful royal palace and the lively streets of Nyhavn.
We would like to thank all the people who joined us, and for more networking take a look at the photos from the evening, join the EMPLOI / INTAL Linkedin groups, or subscribe to the Petrus YouTube channel where we will soon publish a video with highlights from the reception.
See you next year in Dublin!
What: ESN Conference in Paris
Where: University Paris 2 – centre Vaugirard, Paris
When: Thursday 22 September 2011, 14:00 – 18:00
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is holding a conference in Paris on Thursday 22nd September to share the results of the 2nd edition of PRIME – Problems of Recognition in Making Erasmus. The PRIME study ran from February to April 2011, involving over 9000 students, 500 Higher Education Institutions and 16 Agencies.
PRIME is a research project launched in 2009 supported by the European Commission under an Erasmus Accompanying Measures grant within the Lifelong Learning Programme. It is a complex qualitative and quantitative study which aims at pointing out the examples of existing obstacles to student mobility and providing suggestions for improvements in order to facilitate student exchange in Europe.
Find out more and register here.
During the EAIE Conference in Copenhagen the alumni relations and employability networks of the EAIE will host for the first time a joint reception for their members and affiliates on Tuesday, 13th of September, before the conference gets into full swing.
This informal reception supported by Petrus Communications is an excellent place to connect with old and new friends, all in a classic Danish restaurant where, the owners say, “you can easily feel a bit like royalty”.
Interested in joining the reception? Email Barbara until the 7th of September and ask for an invitation!
You will discover campus events highlights, video interviews with experts from the education industry, our favorite clips from the web and lots more.
For now you can enjoy highlights from the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge 2009, a teaser video from this years’ edition which has just ended last week and an insight in the EAIE’s development program, where Kirsten Williamson is ‘highlighting the fun’ in following the EAIE Training Courses.
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The AGR Conference is the premier event in the UK graduate recruitment calendar. Over 500 professionals attended the event in 2010.
To follow on from the success of last year’s international gathering and to acknowledge the growing number of delegates who attend conference from different parts of the world, and those who have global roles within their organizations, Terence Perrin and Carl Gilleard from the AGR are hosting an International Reception, sponsored by Petrus Communications, on Monday evening during this year’s AGR Annual Conference.
With delegates from far and wide attending the conference, including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, France and United Arab Emirates, we hope the reception will provide a wonderful opportunity to do some genuine global networking.
Will you be at the conference? If you would like to meet up call Kirsten on +44 79 70 90 46 80 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first prize of €30,000 in Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas 2011 competition was awarded to Team Wings of Phoenix from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China) at a ceremony held at the International Paris Air Show – Le Bourget. The team members, along with all the finalists, will also be offered an internship at Airbus. The Airbus Fly Your Ideas (FYI) biennial contest challenges students worldwide to develop new ideas to deliver a more eco-efficient aviation industry for the future.
Team Wings of Phoenix won for their suggestion of a ground-based wind power generation system that exploits the wakes of aircraft generated during takeoff and landing. Their idea involves the placement of a series of leaf-shaped devices along the sides of airport runways that are perturbed by passing aircraft, recovering energy that is otherwise lost. The team considered the electro-mechanical conceptual design of their ‘leaves’ and the potential to generate electrical power while meeting airport safety regulations.
The winning team is comprised of: Xinyuan Zheng, Lijun Pan, Xianmei Wu, Xuesong Liu and Kai Xu. “To participate in the 2011 Fly Your Ideas challenge was a great experience for us. We are very proud to be the winning team and hope our idea will inspire the industry,” said Xinyuan Zheng, spokesperson for Team Wings of Phoenix.
The runner-up prize of €15,000 went to Team Condor from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile for their proposal on an alternative design for aerodynamic speed brakes to recover energy for on-board reuse.
Spanish team ‘Ecolution’, from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, was awarded the Best Video prize for the creative way they presented their project, the implementation of light-weight natural fibre composites in aircraft cargo containers.
Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, said: “Innovation is the essential ingredient for maintaining our industry’s license to grow, and the Fly Your Ideas competition is a unique opportunity for students worldwide to promote their ideas for the sustainable future of flight. It is also a strong lever to engage with the next generation of talent who will push the limits of research and technology further.”
Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering and Patron of Fly Your Ideas, said: “This year’s record number of 315 teams from everywhere around the world entering the competition demonstrates a strong interest in aviation and Airbus. The level of enthusiasm, creativity and thinking ‘outside the box’ has been remarkably rewarding.”
Thierry Baril, Airbus Executive Vice President Human Resources, said: “I am thrilled and inspired by the level of skill we have encountered. This year all members of the five finalist teams as well as the Video Prize winners will be offered an internship at Airbus, and maybe they’ll go on to become part of our future talent.”
The final round of the year-long challenge culminated this week as the five finalist teams presented their proposals to a special jury consisting of selected Airbus representatives and high-profile industry experts. The global challenge, which was launched in July 2010, drew entries from more than 2,600 students from 75 countries, representing 287 universities. Students were asked to propose an idea related to one stage of the aircraft’s lifecycle: design, supply chain, manufacturing, aircraft operations or aircraft end-of-life.
The unique nature of the Fly Your Ideas challenge is that it gives students the chance to develop teamwork, enhance their creativity and innovation skills, and improve project management as well as presentation skills. Students have close interaction with Airbus staff benefitting from Airbus expertise and insight into the global aviation industry which currently supports 33 million jobs worldwide and is a substantial contributor to global commerce.
The EAIE training course “English in the international workplace” is designed to improve English communication skills for professionals working in the field of international relations. Many individuals would like to participate more actively at international conferences or in their own offices with visitors but are held back by their lack of confidence in their ability to communicate effectively in English.
This course is designed for those individuals who are called upon to use English in professional situations but do not feel at ease doing so. It focuses on delivering presentations, writing and communication skills in an intercultural setting.
The trainers of the course are Chantal Barry, Science Po and Randall Martin, British Columbia Council. Chantal currently works at one of France’s foremost institutions in the social and political sciences, Sciences Po, in Paris where she is the International Communications Manager for Research in Political Science.
Dr. Randall Martin, as the Executive Director of the British Columbia Council for International Education, has experience spanning more than twenty years in post-secondary education, development education and international education.
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Over 2,600 students have registered for the second Airbus Fly Your Ideas (FYI) university contest which challenges students from all around the world to develop new ideas for a greener aviation industry. Students of 75 nationalities made up the 315 teams which entered in round 1. This is a 40 percent increase in the number of teams compared to FYI 2009. Of these 315 teams representing 287 universities, 84 teams have been selected to advance toround 2 with a chance to participate in the final at the International Paris Airshow-Le Bourget in France.
Airbus invited students to make proposals on any or all stages of the aviation ‘Environmental Life Cycle’, an approach Airbus uses to improve the nvironmental performance of an aircraft and its production process in five areas: design; supply chain; manufacturing; aircraft operations and aircraft end-of-life.
The round 2 teams were chosen following a thorough, questionnaire-based assessment of their proposals. They will now be supported by an Airbus mentor as they develop their initial ideas into more detailed submissions. One in five participants to FYI 2011 came from a nontechnical discipline such as marketing, business, management or design, twice as many as in 2009. Four out of five have a science and / or engineering background. All continents are represented with in particular 44 percent of the teams based in Europe and 39 percent in the Asia Pacific region. The FYI contest, like Airbus, brings people of different cultures and horizons together - 76 percent of the competing teams are international and multidisciplinary.
The biennial contest involves three progressively challenging rounds. Five teams with the most exciting projects will be chosen in May and advance to the FYI final. The winning team will be picked by a high-profile panel of judges and take home the 30,000 Euro first prize. The runner-up will receive 15,000 Euro.
For further details and to keep up with the competition’s progress visit http://www.airbus-fyi.com
Once again Petrus Communications is hosting the EAIE Training Course “Alumni relations from A to Z’.
Experienced professionals from Europe and North America will cover the ins and outs of Alumni Relations. The main topics will include database development, alumni communications and on-line communities, alumni fundraising and strategic network development and planning, and more. The participants will learn how the many elements fit together and how integral their role is in university administration and its outreach operation. They will review trends, resources, and tips to assist them in their career development in Alumni Relations, or any other area that deals with alumni.
With the help of two experts in the field of alumni communications, Philip Conroy and Serge Sych, participants will acquire skills that will allow them to set up an alumni relations programme or an alumni component within their respective area, which would match the priorities and budget realities of their own institutions. They will take home ideas for programmes and projects that have proven successful for other institutions. In addition to the many new ideas you will bring back, they will receive course materials filled with outlines, articles, checklists and samples.
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A new academic year, a new edition of the EAIE Conference, a new opportunity for us to bring together experts dealing with employability skills, international internships and graduate careers, by organising and sponsoring the EMPLOI Reception at the EAIE Conference in Nantes.
In an elegant French restaurant in Nantes the participants will have the chance to chat in an informal atmosphere, meet old friends and make new ones, all this just before the conference gets into full swing.
Interested in joining the reception? Email Dauphine and ask for an invitation!
The largest event of its kind in Europe, the Annual EAIE Conference will take place from 15–18 September in Nantes, France. Join fellow international higher education professionals for hands-on workshops and cutting-edge sessions highlighting the latest trends in the field.
Our team will be involved in several conference activities:
9.00 - 17.00 Developing employability skills via international work placement
08.30 - 12.00 Successful career services for local and international students
14.00 - 15.30 Engaging your alumni to deliver and receive career support
13.30 - 15.00 Career Services and employer liaison: different models with the same objectives
Join us in one of the activities or contact us to set up a meeting with one of the team. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Nantes!
University students worldwide can shape the future of flight and win €30,000 in a global competition launched on the 23rd July 2010 by Airbus at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom.
The Airbus Fly Your Ideas (FYI) competition challenges students worldwide to develop new ideas for a greener aviation industry. The biennial contest involves three progressively challenging rounds judged by a panel of Airbus and industry experts. It concludes with a final at next summer’s International Paris Airshow - Le Bourget, France. The winners will share the top prize of € 30,000; the runners-up €15,000.
Announcing the launch of FYI 2011, Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering and FYI Patron, said: “Fly Your Ideas is a unique opportunity for students to be part of Airbus’ vision for an eco-efficient aviation industry of the future. The competition is designed to stimulate ideas for both a more connected and sustainable world. It also enables Airbus to engage with students and research teams to identify R&T opportunities to balance the increased demand for air travel with a better environment.”
Benjamin Lindenberger, who was part of the FYI 2009 winning team "COz", added: “Winning the FYI challenge 2009 was a great experience. But the opportunity to work with Airbus experts, gain industry insight and develop transferable skills was just as valuable.”
To enter FYI 2011 students must register as a team of three to five members on the competition website by 30 November 2010. For further information and to register visit: www.airbus-fyi.com.
In preparation for the launch of the 2010 Fly Your Ideas Challenge, Airbus are offering you a unique opportunity to hear from a member of Team COz, whose innovative idea lead him and his team to victory in the 2009 Fly Your Ideas Challenge. You can hear about his experience and gather insight into what made his team successful, as well as ask your questions to Airbus Mentors who supported teams with their work during the competition.
Airbus will also present their approach to eco-efficiency - the core theme of Fly Your Ideas - and give you some tips on how to prepare for the next challenge.
Date: Thursday, June 10th 2010
Time: Session one from 10:30-12:00 or session two from 13:30-15:00
Each session will be followed by an informal cocktail.
Place: ILA Berlin Air Show (a free Airshow pass will be provided)
Room: The presentations will both take place in the ILA Conference Centre, Halle 4, Room TANGO, followed by the cocktail in the lounge next door.
This is an interactive workshop in English and places are limited. To join us please register online by 28th May 2010 and indicate which of the two sessions you prefer to attend.
If your registration is accepted, we will send you information on which session you will be able to attend, how to obtain your Airshow pass and all the practical information you need for the event.
Find out more about the Fly Your Ideas Challenge at www.airbus-fyi.com.
Find out more about the ILA Berlin Airshow at www.ila-berlin.de.
The 2nd edition of the Petrus Campus Monitor, a bi-monthly newsletter which aims to focus on the hot topics in the graduate recruitment industry, it’s out and ready to share with you the latest trends in this sector.
French government launches €1 million euro initiative to get graduates into jobs, while in UK the big employers have traditionally taken responsibility for graduate development by providing their new recruits with tailored in-house training before the ‘real’ job starts. Read more on these topics here!
Sign up to receive the next edition of the Campus Monitor, which will focus on career and development needs of international students, by sending an empty email to email@example.com and don’t hesitate to share with us if you have an example of best practice in this area.
Hot tips on hard seats: the EAIE’s “Managing alumni programmes” training in Paris was a great success. The only complaint was for the wooden chairs in the medieval monastery which hosted the event – what about some cushions next time guys?!
Last week 13 international delegates working in the field of alumni relations gathered in Paris to learn and share with experts from Europe and North America on how to plan and implement key alumni projects.The team of trainers formed by the INTAL board (Serge Sych, Philip Conroy, Anja Stoll and Kirsten Williamson) and a guest presence from www.alumnifutures.com, Andrew Shaindlin, took the participants through the engaging world of international alumni.
Take a look at the photos and join our discussion about international alumni relations in the INTAL’s Linkedin group. If you would like to find out more about INTAL activities email Kirsten Williamson or check out the INTAL pages on the EAIE website.
Together with experts from 3 Korean and 4 European Universities, Kirsten Williamson joined the SAIPEKS (Study Abroad and Internship Program for European and Korean Students) project team at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, Korea the last week of March.
SAIPEKS allows 63 European and 51 Korean students to combine overseas study with an internship during one regular semester for full academic credit.
Kirsten supported the project by delivering workshops and project training sessions on themes such as Developing Employability Skills, Alumni Engagement for Careers Support and Involving Industry in Education. Find out more about the project on http://saipeks.net/.
Could you take on a talented intern from Korea? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EAIE training course “Managing alumni programmes effectively” will take place for the 2nd year in Paris. The course is designed for people working in the field of international alumni relations, such as middle to senior level managers who would like to get their existing alumni programmes to the next level.
The main topics, like strategic planning, alumni associations and non-traditional alumni groups or alumni communications and online communities, will be delivered by experts in the field of alumni communications: Philip Conroy (Mount Ida College Enrollment Management & Marketing, USA), Serge Sych (Central European University, Hungary), Kirsten Williamson (Petrus Communications, France) and Andrew Shaindlin (California Institute of Technology, USA).
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"I found the course very beneficial and hope to see its results in the near future. The atmosphere was fantastic! I would definitely advise other people responsible for alumni relations to attend it."
Andzelika Kuznar, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
November in Edinburgh is usually cold, but Radu Jlobnitchi, Marketing Manager of Petrus Communications, got a warm welcome from students from all over Europe, at the Businet Unite Conference 2009 held at Edinburgh’s Royal British Hotel.
Petrus Communications is one of the first Associate Members of Businet and is proud to support this dynamic international network. Radu took the students through “Team work as a core part of your employability skills” – an interactive workshop in which he challenged them to discover their natural roles inside a team and to understand how people interact while working with others. He shared Petrus’ insight on what employers are looking for from graduates and gave advice on how Businet students can get a head start in job hunting at home and abroad.
It was hard work, but fun too... “I have to say I had a really good time, took some very useful information from the whole conference, and also enjoyed the part of the workshop where we learnt how to evaluate ourselves”.
Daniel Bismark, student at EBC Euro-Business-College, Hamburg
Kirsten Williamson will share her expertise in the field of alumni relations by delivering a new workshop on the theme “Working with Alumni”, at the 23rd Annual Businet Conference 2009 on the 12th of November in Durham – UK, along with some examples of best practice in this field.
Developing an active Alumni network is an opportunity to develop an international team of ambassadors, ready to support your institution with careers development, industrial liaison and marketing activity.
Kirsten will take the workshop participants through planning an effective strategy to create and maintain such an Alumni network. Check out the detailed programme of the conference here.
Are you ready to talk Alumni? If yes, drop us an email.
The launch of the competition has been postponed until September 2010.
Like many industries in the current economic climate, companies need to manage their resources carefully. Airbus has therefore made the decision that the FYI Challenge should be run every other year. Feedback from many of the partner Universities also suggests that a biennial FYI Challenge suits their academic calendar.
The competition will therefore run from September 2010 to June 2011. While waiting for news about the new launch date, check out some of the FYI 2009 highlights here.
Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a contest that challenges students to create and develop new ideas that can help to deliver a greener aviation industry.
Petrus Communications would like to send many thanks to all the people who got in touch with us at the EAIE Conference in Madrid.
Our 11th presence at this event allowed us to meet lots of old friends and share a glass of wine with new people from different campuses in the world. We invite you to have a look on the photos taken during the “Developing career and internship service” workshop, in which Kirsten Williamson, Leo Robben and Paul Blackmore presented the ways in which a careers service can be developed, and also to have a glance at one of the many elegant receptions during the conference, organized by the EMPLOI board together with Petrus Communications. On top of that, one lucky winner left Spain with a prize of 6 bottles of champagne, which will wait for him on his university desk. He knew what SWING was. Do you?
If you would you like to find out more about our services please take a look here or pre-register for our newsletter, by sending an email to email@example.com. Also, don’t hesitate to become an EMPLOI affiliate and get to know more about employability skills, graduate careers and internships.
The Petrus Team will once again attend the EAIE Annual Conference, this year in Madrid from 16th to 19th September.
Kirsten Williamson, Managing Director, will share her expertise in career development, internships and employability, first hosting a workshop on developing career services together with Leo Robben and Paul Blackmore, and later in the week at the session “Involving business and industry in higher education”. Kirsten will be joined in this session by representatives from Airbus, Euromed Management and the EU Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency. Together they will look at how stronger links can be forged between institutions and companies to improve student employability, and in particular how the theme of sustainability can be developed on campus – including a showcase of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge.
Elsa Chalaux will chair a workshop from international cultural development expert Ariane Curdy, who will share valuable insight into helping students prepare for, learn and develop from their international experience.
Kirsten is delighted to join forces again with Philip Conroy and Serge Sych – international experts in the field of Alumni Relations – to chair the workshop “Fundraising and alumni: where to start” – and there couldn’t be a better starting point for Alumni Relations professionals interested in this field.
For the second year in a row Petrus is delighted to sponsor the EMPLOI reception – an elegant occasion for people from all over the world to network, share ideas, meet old friends and make new ones, and a perfect way to start the conference.
Will you be in Madrid? If you would like to meet up with Kirsten, Elsa or Aga call us on +48 501 720 671 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first time at the UK’s AGR conference, Careers Service representatives from 5 leading European institutions were on hand to meet delegates and provide a deeper understanding of their on-campus attraction channels and partnership opportunities. Top business and commercial schools from France and Italy join leading technical institutions from Italy and the Netherlands in a unique ‘speed dating’ showcase organized by Petrus.
"I really appreciated the speed dating session between European universities and UK employers. It was a unique opportunity for employers looking for international talent to meet these universities directly. Events like this are a step forward for companies looking to recruit internationally.
Leo Robben, Euflex Employment Services
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Thanks to everyone who participated in the international challenge with Petrus Communications and the international careers services present at the2009 AGR conference.
For those of you still scratching your heads, the correct answers are:
• Anciens – language: French; meaning: alumni
• Lavoro – language: Italian; meaning: work
• Praktikum – language: German; meaning: internship
• Gediplomeerd – language: Dutch; meaning: diploma, certified
The lucky winner(*) has been informed.
Want to find out more about our international campus expertise? Take a look at some recent projects here, or contact Kirsten Williamson.
(*) Please read the Terms and Conditions.
From 3 to 5 June 2009 a group of alumni experts and international delegates gathered in the historical ‘Marais’ district of Paris for “Managing alumni programmes effectively”.
Organized by Petrus Communications on behalf of the EAIE - European Association for International Education, this two day workshop gathered 13 participants from 10 European countries. The experienced team of trainer: Philip Conroy (Mount Ida College, USA), Serge Sych (Central European University, Hungary), Joelle Planche-Ryan (ESCP EAP, France) and Kirsten Williamson (Petrus Communications, France), employed a mix of strategies, such as case studies, role-playing, group discussions and knowledge sharing, to enhance the participants’ understanding of key aspects of alumni relations. The two day programme was both informative and interactive, finishing with a strategic planning session for each participant.
“Interactive course well structured and prepared. Good to meet people working in the same area and to share good practice (…) The speakers were friendly and professional.”
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
Petrus Communications is organising a 2 day workshop on the theme “Tools for a successful careers service”on behalf of the European Association for International Education (EAIE)
Are you working directly with students to provide careers advice, employability skills training, help with finding an internship or practical tips on how to make a good application? Do you work with employers to provide communication services such as events and online job and internship offers? Held in the “City of Lights”, this training course covers the practical skills you need, shared by experts with years of experience of graduate recruitment, employer liaison and skills training.
Location: Paris, France
Dates: 24th June- 26th June 2009
Deadline for registration: 6th May 2009
Find out more and sign up here
Kirsten Williamson, Managing Director of Petrus Communications, will make a presentation as a Keynote speaker at the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven (Leuven University College) International mini-week, 27-30 April 2009, on the theme “Developing employability skills during work and study abroad”.
Leuven University College in Belgium is a university college with campuses in Leuven and Diest offering bachelor degree courses in the areas of education, commercial sciences and business administration, health care, industrial sciences, and social and community work. The university college has more than 6000 students and 650 members of staff.
Read more about the Leuven University College.
On behalf of the EAIE - European Association for International Education - Petrus Communications is organising a 2 day workshop on the theme “Managing alumni programmes effectively”.
Experienced professionals will cover the key areas of alumni relations and will focus on how to plan and implement the key alumni projects that suit your institutional needs. The main topics will include strategic planning, alumni associations and non-traditional alumni groups, records management, institutional assessment and surveying alumni, alumni communications and on-line communities, special events and reunions, alumni career and student recruitment programmes, alumni fundraising. The course provides a review trends, resources, and tips on how to get your existing alumni programmes to the next level!
Location: Paris, France
Dates: 3rd June - 5th June 2009
Find out more and sign up here
Petrus Communications will make a presentation on the theme “New challenges for the graduate recruitment market” at the Erasmus Coordinators Conference 2009 (ERACON2009),
29 April – 3 May 2009, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Kirsten Williamson, Managing Director of Petrus Communications, will focus on recent changes to the graduate recruitment market making impact on students, recruiters and institutions, with the aim of helping participants to better understand the needs of the private sector when establishing projects with academic institutions.
The first ERACON conference was held in 2005 in Cyprus. ERACON 2009 will go back to Cyprus, as a way of celebrating the five year anniversary of the European Association of Erasmus Coordinators (EAEC).
Find out more information about the programme of the conference here.
Petrus Communications is organising a 2 day workshop on the theme “Managing a Careers Service”.
Held in 2007 and 2008 with great success, this workshop is a key development and networking opportunity if you work in the field of internships and graduate employability.
Location: Marseille, France
More information click here
“Very relevant to my own problems, excellent atmosphere, lots of opportunities to share experience” Philippe Ory, Career Center Manager – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
“I really appreciated the course. It was very interesting, allowed good exchange of professional experience and was professionally organised” Paola Ghilardi, Director of International Relations – Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts