AlumniKaTH conquers the lion city - Third Asian alumni club accredited in Singapore
In the smallest country in Southeast Asia, the city-state of Singapore, around 20 former Karlsruhe students met the rector of their alma mater on September 17, 2008 and together they opened the third Asian AlumniKaTH regional club.
President of the new club is Frank Reppel, who studied physics in Karlsruhe until 1993 and has been based in Singapore with his own company for several years. In recent months Reppel has been able to find many alumni and has already established a network of about 30 alumni of the University of Karlsruhe and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in Singapore. In the auditorium of the Siemens building, University Rector Prof. Horst Hippler presented the progress made by KIT and answered the questions of the alumni. The head of the AlumniKaTH graduate network, Claudia Reichert, reported on the increasing internationalization of the network and also made clear what is expected from the new regional club.
The alumni in Singapore are currently setting up an online platform for Karlsruhe alumni in Asia and are specifically looking for internships in their companies for Karlsruhe students. In doing so, the alumni make it their task to represent their alma mater and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in their country. Among the guests at the opening ceremony was the German Ambassador to Singapore, Jörg Ranau, who has been in office since July 2008, as well as representatives of the DAAD and the Goethe Institute. In addition to the opening of the club, Rector Hippler and Claudia Reichert had the opportunity to talk to the Faculty of Engineering and the Minister of Education
of Singapore about the university landscape in the city-state. Claudia Reichert also took the opportunity to visit the Alumni Office of the National University of Singapore (NSU).
The regional club of Singapore is the youngest among 14 international clubs in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. About 700 alumni are involved in these clubs worldwide and are thus contact points for alumni, scientists and scholars, as well as for the general public and students.
Aims of the alumni association:
- The KIT Alumni Club Singapore would like to initiate and support the exchange and cooperation between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and companies, research institutions, and universities in Singapore.
- The KIT Alumni Club Singapore serves as a contact point for former students, employees, and scientists as well as current academic staff and students of KIT.
- The KIT Alumni Club Singapore wants to be a communication platform for alumni in Singapore and support the networking idea.
- Through its members, the KIT Alumni Club Singapore promotes/arranges contacts to company internships for students.
- Various measures, such as events, are intended to increase the degree of awareness of KIT in Singapore
- The KIT Alumni Club Singapore wants to help Singaporean students and scientists to prepare well for their stay in Germany.
Number of members: about 20 founding members
Date of foundation: 17 September 2008, Singapore