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this newsletter and growth

This newsletter seems to have a positive effect on our membership : in the last six months of 2013, we noticed that after each issue an average of fifty alumni subscribed to our website. This goes from a minimum of 13 to a maximum of 144 per month. Sofar, on 31/1/14, we are almost 900. Apparently this is due to the fact that many of you forward the newsletter to other potential members. This is encouraging us more than anything : thanks a lot and carry on, bearing in mind that students of the 6th and 7th classes, their parents and teachers – present and former – are most welcome to become part of the association too.

This growth and the services we offer are attractive for an increasing number of sponsors and partners. We are receiving financial support from an increasing number of Parent’s Associations. The attention from the Schools and the administration is growing. And other actors engaged in the support of the European ideal, such as Hans Mund in his Rock the Union show, help us to acquire more visibility. 



The 2014 General Assembly of Alumni Europae was held on 5 April. The assembly tries to gather every year at a different Eusopean School. This year we were kindly hosted by the the European School in Frankfurt. Many issues were discussed.

The first 1000 members – The assembly welcomed the numerous new members who joined the association during the past year, bringing total membership up to 933, almost 1000. About 200 of those already localised themselves on the world map, thus facilitating other members' information searches on a geographical base. The board will continue to stimulate the use of this powerful tool. The transition from Euresco is completed and one last mailing to former Euresco members will be sent after the GA. 

A new chapter ? – In his report to the assembly, the president related about his promising contacts with the association of former students of the Frankfurt ES. The assembly asked Thomas to develop his contacts further and to check if the association would be interested to become a local chapter of AE.

Networking – The assembly approved the board's actions via networks such as StayFriends, LinkedIn , as well as the idea to create a subgroup for entrepreneurs.

Promotion – The assembly congratulated the board for the development of the website and its very practical world wide searching and reporting tools that make the website not only useful for students trying to find their way, but also for sponsors needing to know what has become of the former ES students. AE's database is a major promotion tool to find new sponsors. As for the first 8 newsletters that were published, the assembly noted that every issue was followed by an increase of the membership and encourages all members to post their info's (comments, suggestions, events, requests) to board@alumnieuropae.org.

Events – The party in Brussels was not the biggest success, due to organisational problems. Since there is a clear interest from the members of the association for such events, the assembly asked the board to encourage and support alumni around the world to organise events locally, such as the celebrations of alumni who left their school 10, 25, 50 years ago. The assembly also approved the board's support to initiatives by third parties that promote the same objectives as AE's.

Sponsors – This year, AE has been supported financially by the parents associations of the Uccle, Woluwé and Varese schools (see below under 'Finance'). The assembly congratulated the board with the result and encouraged it to renew the existing support and extend its contacts with other parents associations, including those of the private ESs such as Frankfurt II, as well as other organisations and institutions such as the ES' High Council and the European Central Bank. If sponsorship will allow for more, reporting tools will be further developed according to the sponsors' needs and promotion stepped up.

Finance – In 2013, AE received 390,- euro from membership fees and 6.500,- from parents associations. At the end of the year, there was a net loss of 549,51 euro. Expenses are low: mainly for the development and maintenance of the website (costs spread over a period of 3 years) and for the printing of leaflets. The provisional budget for 2014 aims for 5-6.000, - euro. The 2013 accounts and the 2014 budget were approved and the assembly gave its discharge to the board for the year's exercice.

The Board – Founding member Thomas Fairhurst asked to be relieved from his function as President of the board due to his new professional engagements, but expressed his availability to remain on the board as Secretary. Founding member Karl Sexton, as well as members Salma Saadi and Chiara Gaudenzi Morandi leave the board for the same reason. Board member Olivier Brissaud declared his availability to succeed Thomas, who takes over the function as Secretary from Karl. . Reinhold Ziegler, former student from the ES in Brussels, presented his candidacy to become a board member. The assembly thanked Thomas for all his work and commitment, thanked Salma and Karl, elected Olivier Brissaud as new president, Thomas as new Secretary and approved Reinhold's candidacy. The rest of the board was re-elected. The new board is composed as follows : Olivier Brissaud (president), Thomas Fairhurst (Secretary), Michaël Stenger (treasurer), Joachim Buysse (website manager) and, Alba Morganti ,Reinhold Ziegler and Diederik Bangert (members).

The Board

The full minutes of the meeting can be requested here (board@alumnieuropae.org ). 



As soon as you'll be back from your summer break, all relaxed and ready for the September buzz, have a look at our forum, which is now back up and running at the following address: www.alumnieuropae.org/teamforum

All data, as well as usernames, and passwords to log in, remain in place. In case you cannot remember your password, a password recovery feature available on the site allows you to retrieve this. You will need the email address you used to register (which is the email address this email has been sent to). Just check the AE Forum once in a while for new info and issues you would like to get involved in – or send an email to thomas.fairhurst@alumnieuropae.org. Keep spreading the word about AE !



We received and gladly publish this mail from Geraldo Scott: « I am an alumnus of European School Brussels II. I was in the Finnish section and graduated in 2012. Currently I'm studying Games Design and Creative Writing at Brunel University in London, UK. This summer, twenty Games Design students are doing a placement / internship with Octopus 8 Studios. We are four teams and each team aims to release a game for iOS/Android in August 2014. Here is our official announcement: www.octopus8studios.com

Considering Alumni Europae is partly about helping students research potential career paths, I think this is something you might like. Personally, I was not aware of game design and development as a possible career when I was in school. It was a late decision to study games, and I have been loving every moment so far! Games are on the rise, and I'm sure the students at the European Schools would like to know more about what it's like working in the industry. » If you are interested, please write to board@alumnieuropae.org and we will put you in contact with Geraldo.



The European School of Varese is looking for a nursery assistant, English mother tongue, part-time (approx. 23 hours per week). The school will accept exclusively the candidatures sent by e-mail enclosing a CV in EU format (WORD and/or PDF) to: EEVA-assmatEN-2014@var-eursc.org not later than 17/08/2014. An e-mail will confirm back the receipt. Please do not contact the school by phone and download the EU template CV from: www.eurscva.eu. For more information: 


We established contact with a group of alumni of the Brussels I who graduated between 1962 and 1968. They built a website to collect all their photo's from 1962 until today - www.vertchasseur.123.fr - called after the address of the school – 46, av. du Vert Chasseur. You may soon be hearing more from them.



Danish ES graduates celebrate - "A handful of European School students in the Danish section celebrated their graduation at a special reception at the Danish Embassy to Luxembourg at the weekend."

Danish ES Graduates


Europeans through the world (ETTW)

Europeans Throughout the World is a pan-European organisation for all European expatriates. This means for all European citizens, who live in another country than the one they were born in. It is an umbrella organisation of national and other associations which work for the same purposes as us. They also welcome individual members, especially from European countries, where we have no national association as a member.
ETTW works for voting rights to all European expats in European elections, in national elections (either in their country of origin or their country of residence), for the possibility of having dual citizenship in all countries, for more assistance to Europeans outside the EU, and a number of other priorities. To make more of ETTW : www.euromonde.eu.
Europe solidarity (EU4U)

Europe Solidarity notes that the European Union, its public administration and the European Schools suffer directly from the lack of public support for the European idea: in this period it seems normal to diminish the idea of the European construction, to attack EU civil servants and, during discussions on the EU budget, to propose the closing down of European Schools.

EU4U reacts against this state of affairs and supports the New Deal for Europe for a public investment plan to help Europe get out of the crisis through the development of knowledge society and the creation of new jobs especially for youth. Find out more on www.europe-solidarity.eu.

The AE Board wishes you all a great summer and congratulates the students that passed successfully their exams! See you all in September on the web site www.alumnieuropae.org and do not forget to localise yourself on the world map!

Should you want to support us, please do not hesitate to make a donation to the following bank account with your details! 

Alumnieuropae asbl  IBAN : BE66 0016 5665 7643 BIC : GEBABEBB

Best regards!

The Board

Why Alumni Europae ?
- be part of a large high value and permanently renewed international network
- foster and spread EU and European School values 
- stay in touch with fellow European School graduates – classmates or new acquantances
- exchange valuable contacts and knowledge between generations
- share experiences on higher education, living abroad and starting a career