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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:  Jan Rusch

    Country:  Chile

    Current Global Engagement:  After attending AMP61 at Wharton I believe my responsibility lies with volunteer work, I find it a challenge in helping people develop their lives. Four years ago I was invited to be part of the board of a non-profit organization named Fundación Gantz ( The mission of Fundación Gantz it to provide integral treatment of poor children with cleft lip and palate. This treatment includes many specialists like surgery, dentist, psychology, etc. and all with only one objective: Allow the children to smile and being fully integrated in our society. I’m really proud what we have achieved and we as foundation have multiple challenges and one of them is to have a sustainable financial situation in order to continue the path set four years ago.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • The Art of War, Sun Tzu. Great book on strategy and how to prepare yourself and your organization for new challenges.
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • The multicultural conversation and to have the chance to interact with people from different origins and sharing life experiences, how we see our world and the challenges we have to face. I recall a great, long and inspiring conversation at the fifth floor of the Steinberger Center, “the bar”.
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Well, Santiago is the entry point to Chile and from Santiago, you can go the north of Chile enjoying the driest dessert of the world with beautiful landscapes, especially during spring time when the dessert is carpeted with flowers. Also from Santiago driving less two hours you can be at great vineyards tasting complex wines. Or can fly to the very south of Chile and enjoy the Patagonia. Santiago is the start and end of an unforgettable experience.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • Enjoy it as much as possible and be in contact with all your classmates, these people will be your friends around the world.
  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • As I mentioned before, my work at Fundacion Gantz will make a difference for many disadvantaged children.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • My wife and daughters.
  7. What was your favorite class and/or professor?
    • It’s hard to say which I prefer the most. In my opinion, all professors/classes provide knowledge and value is the combination of all. I have a special interest in innovation and strategic planning, but those topics have no value without the other topics like finance, leadership, operations, etc.
  8. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • Just with my AMP 61 classmates, we had too much to learn from each other.
  9. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • walking the city...great bars, beautiful murals, great people.
  10. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • It depends on the type of aircraft, space at coach is so limited…the best option is exit seats and in those case I prefer aisle.
  • 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.