Welcome to the Fulbright New Zealand Alumni Association – Te Whakawhitinga Aotearoa-Amerika. The Fulbright New Zealand Alumni Association was launched in June 2009. Membership is open to alumni of all educational and cultural exchanges administered by Fulbright New Zealand and the United States Government; and to individuals, companies and organisations that support Senator J. William Fulbright’s vision to foster leadership, learning and empathy between cultures.
Alumni are essential to the continued success of the Fulbright and associated international educational exchange programmes in New Zealand. The Fulbright New Zealand Alumni Association comprises a network of international educational exchange scholars from the inception of the Fulbright Programme in the 1940s to present scholars as well as associate and corporate members.
The purpose of the Fulbright New Zealand Alumni Association is to celebrate and promote international educational exchange by:
- Connecting Fulbright and associated international educational exchange alumni with each other;
- the mission of Fulbright New Zealand and
- current Fulbright grantees;
- Raising awareness of the aims of the Fulbright programme.
The Alumni Association is centrally coordinated from Wellington and regionally driven, with six active alumni groups around New Zealand and two in the US.
Membership of the Fulbright New Zealand Alumni Association provides:
- a positive means for Fulbrighters to “give back” to the Fulbright and associated programmes, contribute to the ongoing enrichment and support of current grantees and to continue their own professional and personal growth;
- access to a strong network of Fulbright and associated programme alumni and a membership database;
- invitations to events and activities that connect Fulbright and associated programme alumni including some prestigious events; and
- opportunities to meet and connect with current grantees.
“I am convinced that the underlying reason for William Fulbright’s hard work on the exchange programme was not only for peace but to lay the groundwork for a worldwide network of intelligent and dedicated leaders to deal with (world) issues together.”
- Harriet Fulbright, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, August 2002