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UCL celebrates thriving alumni community in Singapore at annual reception

10 April 2019

Over 200 alumni came together on April 9 to celebrate UCL’s cutting-edge cancer research and the thriving community of graduates in Singapore.

UCL Singapore Alumni Reception 2019

UCL now boasts around 2,800 alumni in Singapore and the thriving Singapore Alumni Club is a testament to the university’s global reputation. The reception last night was an opportunity to for alumni to catch up, reconnect with UCL and chat with current and prospective students. 

“UCL offers the opportunity to connect with a huge number of people across Singapore and globally through the alumni network, which is an incredibly valuable resource,” said Keith Mann, (BA Economics & Business with East European Studies 2006).

UCL Senior Alumni Relations Manager (International), Emma Hallett (English BA 2014, Issues in Modern Culture MA 2015) commented:  “The event brought together a varied group of impressive alumni, who are leaders in their industries. From founding the arthouse cinema, The Projector, and conserving heritage buildings and areas, to leading in fintech and artificial intelligence developments, UCL alumni in Singapore make valuable contributions to culture and business in their home country. Sharing their successes with offer-holders and students, as well as other alumni around the globe, was and is an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Blurring the boundaries of research

Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of Faculty of Medical Sciences spoke at the event on blurring the boundaries between disciplines and how UCL research breakthroughs have been born out of collaboration and disruptive thinking. “In 2015 we made headlines around the world when a one year old girl became the first person to be treated using a gene editing procedure that created designer immune cells programmed to hunt and kill her drug resistant leukaemia,” said Mark during his speech. “Thanks to the treatment, she has gone from having no options left for treatment to being alive, well and cancer free.

“It really brings home how the kind of disruptive thinking that UCL excels in saves lives. We are interdisciplinary by instinct; we have always known that there are multiple routes through which knowledge is advanced and multiple ways in which that knowledge can be applied.”

Alumni such as Kelvin Ang (BSc Architecture, Planning, Building & Environment 1996, Grad Dip Architecture 1999, MSc Built Environment Sustainable Heritage 2011), really enjoyed hearing the latest research coming out of UCL. He said: “It was exciting to hear about the great advances in medical science that UCL is taking a lead in. The work is incredibly important as it is something  we will all benefit from.”  

President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur and Vice-Provost (Advancement) Lori Houlihan also joined alumni at the annual reception. Lori commented during her speech: “We have seen successive generations become part of the UCL community – alumni sending their own children to UCL to have the same life-changing experience they had. It’s a privilege to be part of the family heritage of so many people around the world.”

Lori also thanked the incredible alumni volunteers who make evenings like last night possible. “I want to say how grateful we are for everything you give to the UCL community, and we are very proud of you.”

More receptions in South East Asia

The delegation also visited alumni in Malaysia on April 11, at an annual alumni reception in Kuala Lumpur. 

Based in Singapore 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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