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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name: ¬†Lauren Nijkerk-Bogen

    Country:  Belgium

Q & A

  1. What book are you reading now?
    • I am rereading “The Assault” a novel by Dutch author, Harry Mulisch. The story begins with the murder of a collaborator at the end of the Second World War and the Nazi retaliation against an innocent family. The novel explores the life of the 12 year old son, who is the only member of the family to survive. It is through chance encounters that he finally learns the truth about this episode.

  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • I loved my years at Penn. I met a fantastic group of intelligent and motivated people-most of my good friends to this day are people who I met at Penn- including my husband!

  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • You must visit the Grand Place in the daytime and the evening.  It is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.                                                                                      

  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • Take as many different types of classes as possible. It is the only time in your life when you will have this opportunity. The top professors at Penn will open up so many new ideas and worlds that it will only make you into a more interesting person. It will also introduce you to different people who have different interests. 

  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • I have just returned from Miyagi Prefecture in Northern Japan.  This is the area that was hardest hit by the Great Eastern Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Last year 32 Japanese teens came to Belgium, as a way to meet other local high school students, learn English, and to try to help them look for a way forward in their lives.  For most of the participants, this was their first time on an airplane! The program was such a success, that next summer, I am now organizing for a group of Belgian teens to go there. 

  6. Who inspires you?​

    • There are so many people who inspire me. Anyone who has faced adversity and who can jump over this and find a way forward in life- is inspirational.  

  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?

    • Singing the red and the blue song- we made the band at our wedding play this song because there were so many Penn grads with us!

  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.