60 seconds with...our global contacts

Our global contacts span 25 countries across the world. Global contacts are an important resource for providing advice to students on University life and finding work after graduation.  

As part of National Volunteer Week, we caught up with some of our global contacts to ask them about their involvement in the program.

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Dr Ushadevi George - Global contact for India

Q. Why did you sign up to be a global contact?

A. I wanted to retain the connection I had with the University which gave me so much not only in terms of academics but also in terms of exposure to the world.

Q. How has your role enabled you to give back to Monash?

A. In my time volunteering as a global contact I've received queries from all over India (as recent as a week ago from Punjab) from prospective students wanting to know about the Melbourne lifestyle, the academic environment at Monash, job opportunities and cultural diversity both on campus and in the wider Melbourne community.

I have also helped students and alumni who have visited my home state of Kerala during that time. 

Q. What would you say to fellow alumni who are considering joining th Global Contacts Program?

A. Go for it, mate!

 

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Dickson Susanto (BBus(Mgt) 2003) - Global contact for Indonesia

Q. Why did you sign up to be a global contact?

A. Communities are very important. They provide a means to share or stay connected with others who share a common interest or linkage to the past.

After spending some seven years in Melbourne studying, I developed a strong attachment to the city and to the University. I wanted to continue be part of that community or at least to stay connected. Being a global contact allows me to do this and also give something back.

Q. How has your role enabled you to give back to Monash?

A. It enables me to act as point of contact between the University and alumni in the region.  If the role evolved further over time I won't hesitate to continue my participation as a means of giving back for the knowledge, learnings and memories I obtained while studying at Monash.

Q. What would you say to your fellow alumni who are considering joining the Global Contacts Program?

A. Don't hesitate, it's a great way to stay connected with Monash. It doesn't take much of your time and effort and it's enjoyable.

 

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Frances Yu (MProfAcc, MBusLaw 2009) - Global contact for China

Q. Why did you sign up to the Global Contacts Program?

A. I am proud to be an alumna from Monash and to have graduated from a University that is known around the world.  Monash has established strong links with China and there are growing numbers of students from China studying at the University.  As a result, alumni are returning to locations across the country. In my role as a global contact, I meet with alumni and assist them with finding employment and building their social networks upon their return.

Q. How has your role enabled you to give back to the Monash?

A. As a global contact I have helped coordinate a number of networking activities for graduates in Shanghai.  I have also helped the Alumni Office by creating new ways for alumni to stay in touch each other and the University.

Q. What would you say to your fellow alumni who are considering joining the Global Contacts Program?

A.
I encourage you to consider supporting the University and your fellow alumni by getting involved and not giving up.

 

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Carol Yip ( BEc(Hons) 1988) - Global contact for Malaysia

Q. Why did you sign up to be a Global Contact in Malaysia?

A.
To expand my social and business network, and at the same time to pursue an academic path for my PhD program with Monash University Malaysia campus in Kuala Lumpur.

Q. What types of things have you been contacted about?

A.
To organise events for alumni in Malaysia. I have given talks and shared career prospects with current students, and explored both social and business networking opportunities with alumni.

Q. What do you consider to be the most satisfying part of being an Alumni Global Contact for Monash?

A.
The ability to connect to Monash graduates who are involved in different industries and regions, and learn about the success of Monash gradutes. More importantly, it's satisfying to be able to continue my connection with Monash as a alumni and to contribute back to the Monash community.

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Ms Maiko Hongo (MAppJapLing 2011) - Global contact for Japan

Q. Why did you join the Global Contacts Program?

A.
Staying connected has many benefits to global business and everyone's daily lives. I run a Monash-related network called Musubi-Monash Japan Connection.

We have approximately 300 members and seven coordinators in Japan and Australia to enhance networking and share useful information between members. Being a global contact helps to promote our network across the world.

Q. What types of things have you been contacted about?

A.
While I was at Monash, I realised how important external people were in supporting my education and research. By building connections with current students I feel I am helping them to network and even find employment once they complete their studies.


Q. What do you consider to be the most satisfying part of being an Alumni Global Contact for Monash?


A.
It is a great way to develop a trusted and useful network. I consider trustworthiness and sharing similar backgrounds as crucial factors to creating networks. Being a global contact helps to educate people about this and encourage them to get involved.