Throughout October this year, colleagues from the Management School welcomed the opportunity to meet up with just some of our international alumni population, as part of their research and recruitment trips around Asia.
The first stop was Singapore, for Mr Mohammad Rajjaque, a member of the School’s Accounting & Finance division. Mohammad invited local alumni to come along to an informal evening to meet up with other alumni members who are also living or working in Singapore, and to catch up with news from the School and University back in Sheffield. Amongst those who were delighted to attend were recent graduates from our collaborative programme with the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) and members of the alumni community, old and new, including Mr Wong Peng Wai, a graduate from the School’s first first MBA batch back in 1979. He was happy to hear that the School had moved back to the premises up at Crookesmoor where he remembers studying, and was interested to see just how much the building has changed since then.
Then it was on to Taiwan with the School’s Marketing and Recruitment Officer, Mrs Madddie Stewart, along with Ms Hannah Stelman from the University’s International Office. In between their busy schedule of recruitment activities, Maddie and Hannah were pleased to be able to spend an evening with local alumni whilst in Taipei, and enjoyed getting to know old and new members of the community over drinks and an evening meal. Guests included Mr Sam Shen, a 2008 graduate from the MSc Management programme, who is enjoying a successful career in banking since leaving Sheffield, and Ms Evelyn Chung, a recent graduate 0f 2013 from the MSc Marketing Management Practice programme who is now working in the cosmetic and health care industry. These guests and others enjoyed chatting to each other during the evening, and comparing stories of their time at Sheffield. One guest, Mr Tse-Ho Fang, told how is memories of Sheffield will always be particularly special to him, as it is where he met is now wife, who was studying Music Management in Sheffield at the same time.
Finally, the third international Management Alumni reunion of October 2014 took place in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by the School’s newly appointed Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, Prof Andrew Simpson. Andrew was delighted to be able to re-engage with our alumni during his time in Japan, and was extremely pleased at the turn out for the evening and the efforts that people had gone to in order to meet him and other alumni. Those that were able to make the evening enjoyed making new contacts with fellow alumni, and hearing updates from Andrew about the recent developments at the School back in Sheffield.
Mr Ian Proctor, Head of External Relations at the Management School said: ‘The School feels extremely privileged to have such a strong and loyal international alumni community, which continues not only to grow each year as it welcomes in new graduates, but strengthens in its mutual connections with the School and its internal relationships that have developed amongst its many members with each other.’ Ian continued, ‘Reunions such as these are just one of the ways in which the School and alumni both enjoy staying in touch, and I know from meeting many of our alumni overseas, that they always look forward to appreciate it when we get the chance to come over to their home countries to see how they are getting on after leaving Sheffield. And we greatly appreciate the time that alumni take out of their own busy working and personal lives to come and meet us too. It’s always nice to see a familiar face back in Sheffield too, as we sometimes get paid visits from past students who have made a special trip to see us whilst on business or travelling through the UK, which is always welcomed! Staying in touch with alumni all over the world is much easier now with our social media networks and the online Management Gateway, which has tools such as the ‘Search Alumni Map’ to help alumni re-connect with each other, and is updated daily with news and the School’s events programme,’ added Ian.
More international events are planned for next year and in the mean time the School remains in touch with our overseas friends over email and social media. If you are interested in hosting your own alumni reunion, please let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a few words about who attended, where and what you did, and send us a few photos.
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