Successful Alumni Events in China

Issued: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:24:00 BST

The delegation led by Vice Principal Ms Bonnie Dean, the Head of the Adam Smith Business School, Professor John Finch, and Alumni Manager Dr Xiang Li, visited China and attended several successful gatherings of alumni. The delegation met over 500 alumni between two Alumni Ceilidh events in Beijing and Shanghai on 14th and 15th June, an alumni dinner in Guangzhou, organised by the Guangzhou Alumni Association, on the 17th June, and a one-day executive training session in Shanghai, which was run as a pilot event for the Lifelong Learning projects of Adam Smith Business School, on the 16th June. 

Among the guests, was Mr Lawrence Jin (Partner, Deloitte, BAcc 1996), who we are extremely happy to announce, has received an honorary professorship. Mr Jin is one of the School's most senior and successful alumni. At the Shanghai Alumni Ceilidh, he gave a speech sharing the story how his degree from the University of Glasgow enhanced his career.

“It was a real honour to be presented with the Honorary Professorship at the recent UoG Shanghai Alumni event and share some of my personal stories with several hundreds of fellow alumni, many distinguished guests and my own parents! Everyone was also excited to hear about the latest update on the University's campus development plan and enjoyed the networking opportunity and of course Ceilidh in the beautiful W hotel in Shanghai – truly wonderful event!”

During the visits, Vice Principal Ms Bonnie Dean shared updates on the progress of the campus development project and the internationalisation of the University.  Head of School Professor John Finch introduced the new FinTech Master’s programme, the coming Lifelong Learning projects, and the Returning to China Q&As with Alumni events.

The University of Glasgow alumni network continues to grow in China, supported by the Business School Alumni team, with more than 10 alumni associations across China. The First Secretary of Scottish Affairs in Beijing Mr Martin McDermott, who attended the Alumni Ceilidh in Beijing, highlighted the important role of alumni of the University in building connections between Scotland and China. Mr McDermott said:

"Scotland’s Chinese alumni are an important part of our new diaspora. We are very proud that people from China have chosen to study in Scotland and look forward to continuing to build our relationship with them when they return to China – and keep them in touch with the Country they chose to study in. Glasgow University plays a key part in the development of our Alumni Networks in China – it has been great to meet with fellow alums all across China and celebrate Scottish Culture through ceilidhs and parties, have open discussion and involve graduates from Glasgow in Scottish events.”