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Celebrating UCL’s global alumni network

10 December 2019

In November 2019, UCL alumni groups in Beijing and Shanghai hosted a series of special events to welcome new graduates and celebrate UCL’s global alumni network made up of 250,000 people from 190 countries across the world.

Beijing Gala hosts photo

Welcoming the first UCL-PKU graduates 

This year’s graduation ceremony in Beijing saw the first graduates of the jointly delivered Beijing International MBA. The MBA was launched in 2016, as part of the deep strategic partnership between UCL and Peking University (PKU). 

Delivered across two global cities, the joint UCL-PKU MBA programme brings together leading economics and public policy experts from PKU’s National School of Development with UCL’s School of Management’s strengths in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Read more about the first UCL-PKU MBA graduates. 

From Shanghai to Beijing

Graduates and guests were transported back to the 1920s at the glittering annual Shanghai alumni party. The event was a fantastic opportunity to meet old friends and catch up on news from UCL and London.

The celebrations continued in Beijing as 250 graduates were welcomed to the UCL alumni community in an inspirational graduation ceremony. The formal ceremony was followed by the Beijing annual alumni gala. Traditional Chinese and classical music was the backdrop for an evening of enthralling performances, networking and speeches from UCL Academics. 

Classical musical performance in Beijing 2019
Executive Director of Development, Adrian Punaks said:
“UCL is proud to be London’s global university, a place where people from all countries and cultures come to work hard, nurture their talent, develop their passion and discover hidden abilities.”

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of Engineering at UCL, also updated alumni on exciting developments in London with the creation of UCL East:

“UCL East is the biggest development for UCL since it was founded. It will be a huge multidisciplinary campus that will tackle the big issues of today and tomorrow for the benefit of people and planet. It will address a range of global challenges, from robotics and future manufacturing to disability innovation and green transport systems.”

Find out more about UCL East. 

Global Alumni Leadership Series

Alumni in Shanghai and Beijing also had the opportunity to take part in the recently launched Global Alumni Leadership Series on ‘Building your networks to enhance your career’ with Executive Director of Development at UCL, Adrian Punaks.

Drawing on the wealth of expertise of our global alumni network, the series brings together recent graduates and current students for an exclusive opportunity to develop their professional skills by attending interactive workshops with successful leaders in a range of industries. 

Adrian Punaks advised alumni who want to build their networks:

“When you graduate, stay in touch with as many of your peers as possible, and not just the people who did your course; go beyond the barriers of the degree you studied. Find opportunities to grow and develop and to ask questions and be interested. You never know where it will take you."

Global Alumni Leadership series group photo in Beijing
Alumna, Claire (Yu) Hao (UCL MA Applied Linguistics 2016) who attended the session said: 
 “The series provided a perfect opportunity and a safe space to reflect on leadership in everyday life. Adrian gave practical advice making us re-think our approach to networking.”

Find out more about the Global Leadership Alumni Series events.

How to stay in touch

The Beijing Shanghai alumni club hold an exciting and varied programme of events throughout the year including regular meetups, charitable activities, networking events and an annual party. 

Find out about the next alumni event in your area by following us on WeChat or Twitter. You can also visit our alumni website to find out about alumni groups near you or join our Alumni Online Community.