Anambra State University Alumni Relations Office was established on 6 August 2007. The office serves as a link between the University and its graduates (Alumni and Alumnae) for effective interaction. Graduates of the University are encouraged to organize themselves into Anambra State University Alumni Association in various towns and State branches. Alumni in Town and State branches come together and elect National Officers of the Association. The national officers and the branch presidents form the National Executive Committee/ Council of the Association. This is the body with the highest authority of the Association in the Country. The national officers normally hold office for 2 or 3 years and national convention to elect new officers is held at the expiration of their tenure. A serving officer could be re-elected. National convention of the Association may be held annually for branches to meet and interact on how to help themselves and their Alma mater.
The Alumni Association is to the University what old boys/ girls Association is to the secondary school. The University reaches its alumni and alumnae through the Alumni Relations Office and vice versa. “Alumni” is used for both male and female graduates of the Institution, but a female graduate is alumna (singular) and alumnae(plural) while male graduate is alumnus (singular) and alumni (plural). The University depends to some extent on its alumni to assist in the development of the Institution in whatever areas the alumni are capable eg donation of computers, books, laboratory equipment, vehicles, scholarships, academic prizes for undergraduates, building of guest houses, lecture-room blocks etc. Alumni are expected to do these directly by themselves or by appealing to philanthropists (who may not be alumni of ANSU) to donate to ANSU. Alumni who live abroad should attract donations of books, science equipment and linkage programmes between ANSU and foreign Universities etc.
When the ANSU Alumni association is properly organized and national Executive Committee/ Council (NEC) formed, the University law provides that an alumnus or alumna should represent alumni in the Governing Council of the University. The alumnus or alumna in council is elected at the University Convocation Meeting made up of only graduates of the Universitry. Though the Alumni of ANSU have recently graduated (3 sets of graduates in 2007) most of then have worked for less than 3 years and their ability to donate to their Alma mater is very low at present, they can use their connections to help the University.
The Alumni Relations Office keeps records of alumni, updates information on their activities and gives the University useful brief on who is who among the alumni. The Alumni are one of the most important assets that the University has.
There are lots and lots to gain by belonging to ANSU alumni association. Among other things, it brings alumni of different years of graduation together for mutual help. New graduates benefit from the experience and influence of older alumni in the City or State where they live , if they join the association. Within the Association, members try to be their brothers keepers. Some members problems eg, employment, accommodation, admission into tertiary institution etc, if made known to the Association , could be solved through the position and connections members have. A lot of opportunities that exist within the Country are made available to members at branch Association meetings. A member of the Association who makes request to the University through Alumni Relations Office gets prompt attention from the University because the Association is a partner in the progress of the University.
The University established the Alumni Relations Office very early so as to catch the alumni young. They are made to show interest in the development of their alma mater early in their lives as graduates. As they grow in experience and as their resources grow, the University would benefit from their experience, wealth, position and connections.
Every alumnus / alumna should join the ANSU Alumni Association in whichever City, Town or State he lives. Where the Association does not exist, they should come together and invite the Alumni Relations Officer to help them get their branch Association inaugurated.