What does alumni mean?


The term alumnus (m; Pl.:-i) respectively alumna (f.; Pl.:-ae) has its origin in the Latin language. It means "pupil", literally "the nurtured" (origin: alere: nurture).
Originally students of a so-called "alumnat", a boarding school, were called alumnae/alumni.

Today the term alumnae/alumni refers to the graduates of a university or a similar educational institution.

However, when actually used, the meaning of the term depends on the thematic context and the individual point of view. In a narrower sense it may refer to a group of graduates of a university or, in broader sense, to everybody connected to a university.


Since decades alumni societies have existed at universities in the United States and some European countries. Especially in Great Britain and France there is a long tradition of alumni societies. In Germany alumni societies have been established not before the late 1980s.

Thanks to these societies alumni have the chance stay in contact with their university and with former fellow students as well as to make use of the offers for professional and scientific further education.

Universities which involve their alumni in scientific research and further education as well as in cultural and social activities, have the possibility to benefit from the experience in order to gain new impulses to improve research, teaching and university culture.

Definition of the University of Stuttgart

alumnius uses the term in a broader sense. When talking about "alumnae/alumni of the University of Stuttgart" it refers to all students who are currently enrolled at the University as well as to its former students. Furthermore, the network is open to all members of the University of Stuttgart as well as to all its sponsors and partners.


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