Editorial: Spread the Word
As an association of Filipino alumni of different Japanese universities PHILAJAMES faces the same challenges other alumni associations face. In 2017 Alumni Spaces surveyed 398 alumni groups and found that their top challenge was “Getting members to attend events” (chosen by 78% of the groups surveyed). The study notes "That is likely related to the fact that almost a quarter (22%) have trouble telling members about events, creating a cyclical challenge where members don’t attend activities they aren’t aware of." We are no different.
PHILAJAMES will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2022. It's still a few years from now but we want to gather as many of us together for a grand reunion so it's best to start preparations early.
First thing we need is a new directory. Our last one was in 2000 so all members must provide updated personal information. Active members for 2018-2019 and those who took part in the recent JICC Survey this Oct. have provided some updated personal information. We will be preparing a more comprehensive form for our directory and association needs however so keep visiting our website or closed group PHILAJAMES Facebook page for the announcement on this.
Call for Contributions
Do you have old PHILAJAMES newsletters, photos, and souvenirs? Do you have information or knowledge regarding studies, policies, advocacies, conferences or courses worth sharing with our members? Do you have any good news concerning any of our members? Do you hold events or join activities with other alumni of the Japanese university you attended? Do you have a project in mind that our members might be interested to help out with?
If you do by all means contact us. We need contributions in the form of materials, information and ideas.
(since October 31, 2018)