In 2022, we welcomed over 7,600 MBA alumni and friends back to the Europe campus
The year 2022 was an exceptional one for MBA class reunions. For the first time in the history of INSEAD, thousands of alumni and their families came back to Fontainebleau to be Together Again for a whopping 57 class reunions! Why so many in just one year? The pandemic had forced the school to postpone class reunions for the last two years, leaving many of our alumni deeply missing the chance to reconnect with their classmates.
Europe campus during reunions in June 2022
Starting in June, the Europe campus was bustling with a flurry of activity. Hundreds of dedicated staff members were working hard to prepare a record-breaking seven reunions over the course of four months that would see over 7,600 MBA alumni and friends return to campus. The classes attending their reunions spanned from 5-years to 60-years out, with partners, kids and even grandkids in tow.
A special highlight was the three MBA’60 alumni who returned for their 60-year reunion, illustrating how an INSEAD experience remains an unforgettable part of one’s life, regardless of the passage of time. Needless to say, emotions ran high as our alumni were finally able to rekindle their friendships, some after decades apart, over the course of a 3-day reunion designed to bring them Together Again.
Alumni celebrating their 60-year reunion
“One of the greatest benefits of my INSEAD MBA experience is the long-lasting relationships and memories that I have with my classmates and friends. This past weekend was so re-energising and fulfilling; catching up and enjoying time together after 10 years. Thank you for helping us to keep on making memories.”
– MBA’12J alumnus
Alumni were spoilt for choice with a plethora of events and activities lined up – from plenary sessions with the Deans to thought-leadership faculty sessions, as well as class meetings and photoshoots, friendly rugby matches, scrumptious barbecues, networking activities, galas and, of course, the famous Summer Ball.
Capturing memories to last a lifetime
Our alumni are a Force for Good
Reunions are also a great opportunity to discover how fellow alumni are carrying the torch of INSEAD’s enduring vision and campaign, Business as a Force for Good. From integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into their businesses to walking the talk on gender equity in the workplace, INSEAD alumni embody the Force for Good spirit as agile business leaders who are helping to shape a better future.
“The 2022 reunion marathon showed the incredible spirit of the INSEAD alumni community. After more than two years of separation, classmates’ joy in reconnecting with one another and with the school was palpable – and their impact through the success of the class gift campaigns has underscored their collective influence as a force for good. Thank you to the reunion and fund volunteers and to all the alumni who came back to campus to be Together Again in this special year!”
– Emily Robin, Senior Director of Development, INSEAD
Class gifts make a difference
Alumni who are in their reunion year are invited to donate as part of their class gift campaign. Reunion giving is used to support the school and gifts can be made towards any INSEAD cause in order to make the greatest impact. Alumni fund volunteers help with their class fundraising efforts and motivate their classmates to support the school.
Class volunteers are invited to attend a Volunteer Appreciation Cocktail
“It just felt natural that after graduating I would continue to be involved in one way or another. What I’ve been primarily doing is volunteering as an alumna in ‘Your First 100 days’, interviewing potential candidates, and being part of the amazing committee that is organising this reunion.”
– Youmna Nahas MBA’17D
INSEAD Alumni Reunions bringing people Together Again
This year, for example, the classes of MBA’81 and MBA’97D have each raised over €900,000, with the aim to raise €1 million apiece by December 31st, 2022. In total, the 57 classes who came together for their reunions this year have contributed more than €9.5 million in their respective class gift campaigns – and, with some of these classes still actively fundraising, their impact will only continue to grow!
Check out the INSEAD Alumni Reunions 2022 highlights video for a look back on the reunions in numbers and don’t miss out on the chance to attend your next reunion!