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Getting Connected in Hong Kong

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📥  Get Connected, International, Uncategorized

Alumni panel - Get Connected Hong Kong

Alumni panel - Get Connected Hong Kong

This was a week of firsts, from my first landing at Hong Kong Airport in a Level 8 typhoon to my first Thai iced tea (somewhere between an iced coffee and pumpkin juice).

The purpose of this trip was to bring a new offering to our graduates living and working here. My mission? To deliver Hong Kong’s first ever Get Connected event. From Bath to London to New York, we have had great success with these alumni networking evenings, but now it was time to look even further.

With some 1500 Bath alumni living and working in the city, we have a wonderfully strong and enthusiastic community here in Hong Kong with a great breadth of experience and sector knowledge. Despite being some 6,000 miles from Bath, there is a real sense of family amongst out graduates here and this is what it’s all about. The Get Connected events are about making the network ‘work’; utilising the alumni ‘family’ to learn and get ahead and I was really excited to help them do this.

So on Tuesday, with the Typhoon disappearing north and the normal humidity returning to the air, I head over to Exchange Square, the illustrious home of the city’s Stock Exchange, where we are lucky enough to be using the auditorium for our panel discussion. As guests and alumni panel members start to arrive I’m told by many that being allowed inside this building is an experience in itself, adding a great buzz to the atmosphere! This alone goes to shows the power of the Bath community, having been offered this amazing venue by one of our Honorary Graduates in Hong Kong, Sir CK Chow.

The panel seated on the stage is made up of five graduates, all of whom are incredibly successful in their respective fields. Each was kind enough to give up their evening to share their professional experiences and insights and they didn’t disappoint. With 40 eager faces in the crowd we kicked off the discussion, hearing from each panellist in turn as they imparted the best and, indeed, worst points of their careers and their sound advice for starting out and progressing in the world of work.

The audience was a great mix of graduates from across the years (including a 1970’s engineer!) and I was really pleased to see a number of our third year placement students in the crowd as well. Questions from the floor were plentiful and judging by the unwillingness of people to go home, I think it’s fair to say that a huge amount was gained by all.

In true Hong Kong style, business cards were swapping hands left right and centre, then it was back out into the bustling metropolis to fight off the humidity on the journey home. I have a feeling that this Get Connected Hong Kong will be the first of many.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the help and enthusiasm of Chapter President, Vivian Ching,

Get Connected Hong Kong

Get Connected Hong Kong

and our fantastic Chapter Committee and, of course, our panel members: Mickey Ko, Martin Cerullo, Andy Li and Susan Khua.  I’d like to thank them all again for their support.

 

Making connections - from Chippenham to China

  

📥  International

Maths graduate Neil Langmead moved to Beijing in July 2013 for work. He recently attended our alumni networking event in Beijing, which is part of our China Connect programme:

For us, the University of Bath has been so much more than a place of study and learning. My wife Abby and I met at University back in 1997, and since then, in various parts of the world, the University community has been a support network and a place where we have found both friendship and encouragement.

After leaving Bath, we stayed close by, working in the city and living near Chippenham, before relocating to Munich in Germany, and then Zürich in Switzerland. We connected with the Bath Zürich Alumni Chapter in Switzerland during our time there, making friends and meeting people who had spent time at the University.

Since moving to Beijing last July, it has been a delight to find a ready-made community of people from Bath out here to connect with and forge new relationships with. They have helped us with the moving in and settling in period that you always have when moving to a new country and adjusting to a new way of life. The benefit of having studied at Bath is that you meet people from all over the world - and that is definitely true here in China - people come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

The alumni community provides a very valuable source of advice, help and assistance. I would encourage you to join your local alumni group if one exists. If one doesn't exist, then start one so that others can benefit!

At the China Connect event in Beijing it was great to reminisce with others about the University and also see how Bath is progressively developing its international relationships and profiles.

We will always be grateful for the start given to us by being at the University of Bath, and we look forward to making new friends in this wonderful, diverse and exciting city.

Neil Langmead (BSc Mathematics 1998)