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International alumni receptions continue in Malaysia

12 April 2019

UCL alumni, students and offer holders based in Kuala Lumpur came together at a sold-out reception on April 21, the first of its kind in Malaysia.

Malaysia Reception

UCL celebrated its flourishing community in Malaysia at a reception taking place in Kuala Lumpur on April 12.

Celebrating brilliant minds at UCL

Events like this reception provide an opportunity to celebrate the impressive work of our alumni across the globe.

UCL alumni and students in Kuala Lumpur make valuable contributions to culture and business in Malaysia. One example of this is UCL student Lincoln Lee. Lincoln, who has co-founded a social enterprise working to tackle global food security issues Rice Inc. after winning $1 million in seed funding through the Hult Prize, joined alumni, fellow students and offer holders.

Lori Houlihan Vice-Provost (Advancement) congratulated Lincoln’s work during her speech stating: “Lincoln embodies the UCL ethos of bringing together knowledge, ideas and expertise from a variety of sources to make a real difference to people’s lives. In this case, he is leading an innovation that could reduce waste and hunger and improve prosperity for millions of people. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the brilliance of UCL’s Malaysia community.” Kuala Lumpur is Lincoln’s home town and a location where he hopes to expand his business into.

Uncovering the latest research at UCL

Alumni were joined by President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur. Michael updated alumni on the latest news out of UCL, focusing on the recent developments in artificial intelligence.

“UCL is positioning itself firmly at the front of the artificial intelligence and machine learning revolution, in particular through our long-standing relationship with DeepMind – a field in which our ingrained ability to be agile and cross-cutting is particularly vital.”

Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of Medical Sciences also touched on UCL excellence in artificial intelligence during his speech at the reception. He said: “Artificial intelligence is already helping to keep us healthy and it is UCL’s boundary blurring work that is at the forefront of this revolution.

“Two years ago we began work with the renowned AI company DeepMind to find out whether AI could help improve diagnosis and care for people with eye disease. Last summer we announced the first results – that a computer program has learnt to identify eye disease and recommend treatment as accurate as world-leading eye experts.”

Guest also heard from President of the UCL Malaysia Alumni Club, Tjen Tay.

Fashion designer, Datuk Jimmy Choo (alumnus of the London College of Fashion) also attended the reception. He is a strong advocate for alumni who studied in the UK, as a London graduate himself.  

Join the alumni community

Based in Malaysia and interested in being an active part of the alumni community? We need you! We are on the hunt for dynamic alumni to help us build on our thriving alumni community. Please email us at alumni@ucl.ac.uk to find out how to get involved.

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