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About Us

Mission Statement

alumni UNI graz sees itself as a network for graduates of all fields of study as well as friends of the University of Graz that serves as a hub between the university, society, and economy.
The offer of alumni UNI graz covers scientific, cultural, and social activities with the aim of providing an exchange of ideas and experiences.
 

Our members

Of course, alumni UNI graz is not only defined by the quantity but also by the quality of its network. Nearly 4.500 members currently use alumni UNI graz for further education, networking, and to exchange experiences.
 

The alumni groups

1. Subject-specific groups: Sections
Members currently have the possibility to exchange knowledge, pursue further education, and keep in touch with former professors in 16 sections after graduation. A good three quarters of all members are already networked in a section, only a few departments have not yet founded a section in alumni UNI graz. Nearly all faculties and institutes have already recognized the value of maintaining contact with graduates and are happy when former students return to the University of Graz to seek an exchange with science.

At present, our sections are:

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2. International groups

a. Chapters
The foundation of so-called “international chapters” aims to facilitate the networking of graduates living abroad and contribute to the establishment of the network of the University of Graz on an international level. In regular meetings, members have the opportunity to network, exchange experiences and ideas, and make new contacts. At the same time, these chapters function as a first, personal contact point for graduates who go abroad for a short or long period of time and can provide valuable support for them.

The objective is, on the one hand, to establish the network of the University of Graz on an international level and, on the other, to make it easier for graduates and students who go abroad to find their way in a new environment through personal contact points and an existing network.

At present, these chapters are:

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b. International Networks
An international network is an “informal” connection point of alumni UNI graz and a precursor of the chapter. Graduates who are interested in participating can sign up in the alumni office to volunteer as contact persons in their city/region. Networks can also offer informal get-togethers (e.g. regulars’ tables).

At present, these international networks are:

Membership

The university is committed to establishing an active graduate network. As a member, you not only benefit from numerous discounts with our discount partners and a comprehensive range of events but also actively contribute to the establishment of the network. Furthermore, your membership makes it possible to support young academics with specific offers for entering the job market and to provide a platform for networking and exchanging experiences.

Further advantages of being a member of alumni UNI graz:

  • alumni e-mail address
    With the alumni UNI graz mailbox (Microsoft Office 365), you can stay connected with the university even after graduating, with an alumni e-mail address and a storage space of 50 GB.
  • Membership card
    Members with a residential address in Austria are automatically sent a membership card. If you reside outside Austria, we are happy to send it to you on request. Simply send a short message to alumni@uni-graz.at. With your card, you can receive numerous discounts with our discount partners in Austria.
  • Information
    We keep you up-to-date about the latest alumni UNI graz news and what’s going on at the university through our website, social media, and our newsletters.
  • Online member portal "alumni INSIDE"
    Use the member portal to register for events, manage your data, download special alumni offers, and much more.
  • Event program
    The range of events of alumni UNI graz comprises scientific, cultural, and social activities with the aim of stimulating an exchange of ideas and experiences.
  • Alumni Career Mentoring
    The Alumni Career Mentoring Program focuses on topics related to entering the job market. Students of the University of Graz can apply for a mentoring tandem place throughout the entire year. Graduates of the University of Graz who function as mentors and pass on their knowledge to younger colleagues have proven to be a key factor in the program’s success. The program aims to provide students with realistic insights into the professional sectors they are interested in, help them extend their personal network, and assist them in their career orientation. It is carried out in cooperation with the Career Center of the University of Graz.

BECOMING A MEMBER

Recent graduates Graduates who completed their studies in the past or current year 1st year free*
Reduced membership Students or employees of the University of Graz € 11,-/
year**
Regular membership Graduates or sponsors of the University of Graz € 26,-/
year**
International alumni Graduates of the University of Graz who are abroad and former exchange students free

*Free membership until the end of the year. If you become a member after 1 July, your free membership is valid for the entire following calendar year. The free one-year membership for young academics is redeemable after the completion of a degree. 

**The membership fee is paid per calendar year. If you become a member after 30 September, the membership fee is automatically valid for the following calendar year.

You can become a member of alumni UNI graz here
We would be delighted if you joined us!

Contact information: alumni UNI graz

alumni UNI graz. the graduate network
Geidorfgürtel 21/1st floor, A-8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 (0)316 380 – 1820
Email: alumni@uni-graz.at
http://alumni.uni-graz.at

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Data Protection Declaration

Data Protection Declaration of the associations

  • “alumni UNI graz.das absolventInnennetzwerk (alumni UNI graz)” (“alumni UNI graz. the graduate network”), ZVR (Central Register of Associations): 790183860 and
  • “Absolventinnen und Absolventen der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Studienrichtungen der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (SOWI-AV)” (“graduates of social and economic sciences at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz”), ZVR: 990292547
     

1. General
1.1. In fulfilment of the information obligations in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we hereby inform you as existing or future member of the association about the most important aspects of data processing within the scope of our association’s tasks. The protection of your personal data is of great importance to us. Your personal data will be processed only in compliance with legal regulations.

1.2. The alumni UNI graz is responsible for personal data collected and processed in connection with the website https://alumni.uni-graz.at as well as with our data management software “IntrAlumni Portal” (hereafter referred to as “alumni INSIDE”) https://alumni-inside.uni-graz.at under data protection law as defined by the GDPR. 

1.3. SOWI-AV acts, as defined by the Austrian Association Act, as an association branch of the alumni UNI Graz, and is therefore responsible for personal data collected and processed in connection with the website https://sowi-av.uni-graz.at as defined by GDPR. 
 

2. Purpose and Legal Basis of Data Processing
2.1. We store and process data provided by you for the purpose of

  • Member administration and support
  • Creating (service) offers and billing
  • Providing content and services
  • Electronic payments and donations
  • Marketing and advertising measures

2.2. The legal basis for processing your personal data is
a) Fulfillment of the contract including initiation of a contract (Art 6 (1) lit b GDPR)
b) Compliance with legal obligation (Art 6 (1) lit c GDPR)
c) Legitimate interests (Art 6 (1) lit f GDPR)
d) Your consent (Art 6 (1) lit a GDPR)

2.3. We will not process the data provided to us for purposes other than the fulfillment and implementation of our contractual or statutory tasks and services or for the purposes covered by your consent, with the exception of use for statistical purposes as long as the data provided has been anonymized.
 

3. Administration of Membership Data, Electronic Payment, and Personal Profile on alumni INSIDE
3.1. For organizational purposes, administration, and payment of membership and event fees, we will process the personal data you have provided to us.

3.2. If you make an electronic payment for a service (e.g. membership fee, events, donations) of the association, further personal data may be collected by the payment service providers.

3.3. Each member is provided with a personal profile on alumni INSIDE which is updated whenever changes occur. This profile can be managed by members themselves and can, with the exception of the username, also be changed. 

You can access the website for managing your personal settings at the following address: https://alumni-inside.uni-graz.at. To do so, you must authenticate yourself with your username and password.
 

4. Event Photos
4.1. During events, the respective association or your alumni chapter may occasionally take photos. You will be made aware of this prior to such an event. If needed, these photos will be published on our website(s) for public relation purposes and for the presentation our activities.

4.2. The image data is processed for the purpose of public relations, to present our activities, and to inform the public about the fulfilment of the tasks of the association. The processing is performed on the basis of the existing predominant legitimate interest (Art 6 (1) lit f GDPR) of the association in fulfilling its purposes.
 

5. Duration of Data Storage
We process your personal data to the extent that they are required for the mentioned purposes, in any case for the duration of the membership of the association, starting with the initiation until the termination. After termination of your membership, your personal data will be deleted. Necessary data will remain stored until the expiration of the retention periods specified in the Austrian Association Act and the Austrian Federal Tax Code, as well as until the end of any legal dispute.
 

6. Data Security and Data Transfer
6.1. The protection of your personal data is ensured by appropriate structural, infrastructural, organizational and technical measures. These measures are particularly concerned with protection against unauthorized, illegal or accidental access, processing, loss, use, and manipulation. 

6.2. Data transfer or data transmission is performed exclusively on the basis of legal regulations.

6.3. Within the scope of our activities, we regularly cooperate with the University of Graz, external IT service providers, banks, suppliers, printshops, and delivery services, which may, if necessary, be granted access to your personal data as part of their services. All processors employed by us are contractually obliged to comply with the data protection regulations prior to commencing their work.

6.4. Regardless of our efforts to maintain a consistently high level of due diligence at all times, it cannot be ruled out that information that you disclose to us via the internet may be accessed and used by other parties. Please note that, therefore, we cannot be held liable in any way for the disclosure of information due to errors in data transmission that was not caused by us and/or unauthorized access by third parties.
 

7. Notification of Data Breaches
We are committed to ensure that data breaches are identified and rectified early, and, if necessary, immediately reported to you or to the relevant regulatory authority, including the respective categories of data affected.
 

8. Contact by Interested Parties
If interested parties contact us, the information provided by the interested parties will be stored for six months for the purpose of processing and answering the enquiry, as well as for any follow-up questions. We do not share this data without the consent of the respective interested party.
 

9. Accessing our Website
9.1 Upon accessing the website of the respective association, our web servers temporarily save each access in a log file. When the portal of "alumni INSIDE” is accessed, the web servers temporarily save each access and activity in a log file and in the member's profile. The following data is recorded and stored until it is automatically deleted: 

  • IP address of the requesting computer   
  • Date and time of access
  • Name and URL of the retrieved data 
  • Amount of data transmitted 
  • Notification whether the access was successful 
  • Identification data of the browser and operating system used 
  • Web page from which you reached our site
  • Name of your internet access provider

9.2. This data is processed for the purpose of ensuring the use of the website (connection establishment), system security, and technical administration of the network infrastructure. Furthermore, the processing serves to optimize the association's internet offer. The IP address is only determined in case of attacks on our network infrastructure. 
 

10. Cookies and Website Analysis Services
10.1. Our website uses cookies. These are small text files that are stored on your device through your browser. They do not cause any damage. We utilize cookies to ensure a user-friendly design of our services. Some cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. They enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit. If you do not want this, you can configure your browser to inform you about the setting of cookies and to allow this only in individual cases. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of our website may be limited.

10.2. Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"), 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer, for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) is transferred to Google servers in the USA and stored there. We do not save any of your data that is collected in connection with Google Analytics.

This website uses IP anonymization as offered by Google Analytics. Your IP address will therefore be shortened/anonymized by Google upon reception. The IP address transmitted by your browser in connection with Google Analytics is not merged with other data by Google.

On our behalf, Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website and to compile reports on website activity for us as website operators, as well as to provide us with further services related to the usage of the website and the internet. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if required by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of Google. 
 

11. Links to Other Websites
This information on data protection does not apply to websites that can be accessed via links on our website. The contents of linked websites are the sole responsibility of their operators.
 

12. Your Rights
12.1. As a person affected, you have at any time the right to request information about your stored personal data, their origin and recipients, and the purpose of the data processing as well as the right to correction, data transmission, objection, restriction of processing, as well as blocking or deletion of incorrect or illegally processed data. 

12.2. You have the right to withdraw your consent to the use of your personal data at any time. The withdrawal of the consent does not affect the legality of the data processing based on the consent until withdrawal. Following a withdrawal, we will no longer process your data for the aforementioned purposes from that time on.

12.3. Your request for information, deletion, correction, objection and/or data transmission, in the latter case, provided that this does not involve a disproportionate effort, can be sent to dsb(at)alumni.uni-graz.at

12.4. If you believe that our processing of your personal data violates the applicable data protection law or that your data protection rights have been violated in any other way, you are free to complain to the responsible regulatory authority. In Austria, the responsible authority for such complaints is the data protection authority (https://www.dsb.gv.at).


13. COVID-19 contact data processing (contact tracing) with regards to events of the alumni UNI graz and SOWI-AV
13.1. We process the following contact data of event visitors within the framework of events (e.g. lectures, tours, seminars) of the alumni UNI graz and SOWI-AV. 

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Phone number

The processing of the aforementioned data is carried out on the legal basis of article 6 paragraph 1 point e to point f of the GDPR, according to which there is on the one hand a public interest and on the other hand a legitimate interest of the alumni UNI graz, SOWI-AV or event visitors in reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19 infections.

13.2. The purpose of the data processing is to collect and store contact data in order to be able to inform event visitors and employees in case of a Covid-19 suspicion or infection. In accordance with the recommendation of the BMfSGPK (Federal Ministry of Austria – Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection), the storage period of the con-tact data is 28 days. The contact data will be irretrievably deleted after 28 days from the end of the event.

13.3. In case of a suspected Covid-19 case or infection among an event visitor or employee, the contact details will be disclosed to the responsible health authority in order to make a significant contribution to the reduction of the risk of spreading a Covid-19 infection (cluster reduction).

Moreover, data will be passed on or transferred exclusively on the basis of legal requirements.
 

14. Contact information
You can reach us under the following contact details:

(1) https://alumni.uni-graz.at
alumni(at)uni-graz.at

Tel.: 0043 (0)316 380 1820
Fax: 0043 (0)316 380 9175

(2) https://sowi-av.uni-graz.at
sowi-av(at)uni-graz.at

Tel.: 0043 (0)316 692 858

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alumni UNI graz

Geidorfgürtel 21, 1. Stock

Telefon:+43 (0)316 380 - 1820

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