Alumni Update | Issue Six 2014

Celebrating milestones in Asia

Vice Chancellor and President, Professor David Lloyd, and Chancellor, Dr Ian Gould AM were among hundreds of special guests, alumni and members of senior management who attended the University of South Australia alumni reunions in July.

This year there was a cause for much celebration as several milestones were reached. New degree programs were launched with M2 Academy — UniSA’s new Singapore partner - and with Hong Kong Baptist University which celebrated 20 years of collaboration with UniSA.

Professor Lloyd reiterated the University’s commitment to collaboration and strategic engagement with partnerships and the professions locally and globally.

“You cannot, in the 21st century, stay at the forefront of the disciplines that you teach and research without deep and sustainable collaborations with the science, technology, biotech, cultural and economic powerhouses of the world,” Prof Lloyd said.

The Malaysian alumni reunion was held on Saturday 5 July at the Club in the G Tower in Kuala Lumpur, which also marked the 15th anniversary of the UniSA Alumni Association of Malaysia.

Professor Lloyd showed appreciation for the work of alumni associations in building networks of alumni who, through their successes, provide inspiration to students and new graduates.

“You become part of the education process by mentoring students and offering placement opportunities within your own companies so that they can put their skills to work and learn from you at the same time,”
he said.
Professor Lloyd presented a plaque commemorating
the 15th anniversary of the University of South Australia
Alumni Association Malaysia to the founding Chapter President Mr Radha Krishnan Menon and the current President, Ms Joanna Liao (pictured).
Professor Lloyd presenting a plaque commemorating 
the 15th anniversary of the University of South Australia Alumni Association Malaysia to the founding Chapter President Mr Radha Krishnan Menon and the current President, Ms Joanna Liao
Immediate past President Mr Cheng Wai Kok was presented with a plaque commemorating his 10 years of service to the Alumni Association and the University. Cheng served as Association President for four years until March 2014. His work with the broader Australian alumni community will continue with his recent appointment as Council Member of the Malaysia Australia Alumni Council.

Among the VIPs attending were Malaysia Chapter Patron Mr Ir Yeong Chee Meng FUniSA and past Chapter presidents, Ms Lee Wan Ling and Mr Raj Kumar Balamanickam.
From left: Peggy Tan, Loh Hoon Sun, Mohan Balagopal and ErDr Mike Teng at the Singapore Reunion
In Singapore more than 200 guests, including past Chapter presidents Dr Mike Teng, Mr Donald Aw and Mr Richard Quek attended the alumni reunion dinner on Wednesday 9 July at the Orchard Hotel. Official guests joining the Vice Chancellor and Chancellor were Mr Christopher Rees, Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade Commission Singapore, Ms Tracy Harris, and Trade Commissioner, University fellow Dr Chew Kia Ngee FUniSA.
It was a big week in Singapore for UniSA, with the launch of  a new suite of degree programs offered in partnership with the M2 Academy at a new purpose-built campus in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district. The Singapore Orchard Gateway Campus was launched officially on July 8 by South Australian Minister for Employment Higher Education and Skills, Gail Gago, and Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore, Julie Heckscher.

The Hong Kong reunion was held on Saturday 12 July at Club One in Kowloon. Official guests included Ir Dr Hon Lo Wai-Kwok BBS MH JP, Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for Engineering Constituency, and Mr Bradley Peppinck who represented the Australian Consul-General for Hong Kong and Macau. A group of UniSA Commerce students on a study tour to Hong Kong joined the dinner and were able to benefit from a great networking opportunity.

There was cause for a double celebration in Hong Kong, as the week also marked the 20th anniversary of the collaboration between the University of South Australia and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).
From left: University of South Australia Pro Vice Chancellor Nigel Relph, President, Jiangsu Province Vegetable Association, Wu Jun Ping and University of South Australia Chancellor Dr Ian Gould AM at the Hong Kong Reunion
Some 6500 graduates have completed a degree from the collaborative programs run (HKBU) and UniSA over the past 20 years. A special celebration was held at the China Club in Hong Kong on 11 July. UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Mr Nigel Relph, and HKBU President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Albert Chan hosted the event.

To mark the 20-year anniversary UniSA and HKBU are jointly funding 20 scholarships, each worth (HK$10,000), for Hong Kong Baptist University Associate Degree students with the highest CGPA applying for admission to the UniSA programs.

For more pictures from the three reunions visit the Alumni News page

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