Building alumni relations in Asia

The University came to Hong Kong and China in October, where alumni enjoyed networking at special events arranged by the Department of Development & Alumni Relations.

First stop was Hong Kong, where alumni experienced their first taste of Get Connected, our hugely popular series of careers and networking events. Around 40 graduates came to HKEX in Exchange Square on 17 October to hear from a panel of guest speakers, chaired by Chapter Committee President Vivian Ching, on how to start out, and progress, in a diverse range of careers.

Charlotte Parkin, Senior Development Manager, was on hand to greet our alumni and panel members. Read her perspective on our first Get Connected Hong Kong on our blog.

Next on the itinerary was an alumni reception in Beijing on 19 October. More than 200 alumni joined President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, along with senior academics and staff*, to mark the close of our 50th anniversary year.

Before introducing the Vice-Chancellor, Snow Wu, School of Management graduate and Chair of the Beijing Alumni Chapter, spoke about the work of the Chapter and encouraged alumni in the area to join them at their networking events.

The Vice-Chancellor then gave a comprehensive update from the University, our new buildings both on- and off-campus, and the progress of our first ever fundraising campaign, which has so far raised £61million to support scholarships and research.

See photos from our Beijing reception on our Flickr page.

Finally, Molly Southwood, Head of Alumni Engagement, hosted around 100 alumni at a reception in Guangzhou on 21 October. It was the first time we have ever held a University event in the city, and the first of many, we hope.

These events were a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with the many communities we are part of, to reflect on what has been achieved in our first 50 years and look to the future. We’d like to thank all our alumni who came along to the events and we hope to see you again soon.

*Staff attending the Beijing Alumni Reception: President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell; Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research); Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Vice-President and Dean of the School of Management; Professor Nick Brook, Dean of Faculty of Science; Professor Furong Li, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Power Distribution, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering; Mike Willis, Senior Teaching Fellow & Director of Studies, School of Management; Molly Southwood, Deputy Director and Head of Alumni Engagement.

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