Friendships formed and renewed at the annual Asian alumni reunions
Almost 400 alumni and special guests joined the Vice Chancellor and President, Professor David Lloyd, and Chancellor, Dr Ian Gould AM and members of senior management at the annual University of South Australia alumni reunions held in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong at the end of June.
This was the final round of Presentation of Awards Ceremonies and reunions in Asia for Dr Gould, who will step down in December 2015 after nearly eight years in the role.
Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd praised the work of Dr Gould at the Presentation of Awards Ceremony in Singapore.
“Ian has been a stalwart at UniSA since he joined us in 2008.
“He has led our University Council, which is the governing body of the University, through some years of major change in the tertiary sector and equally major growth at the University itself.
“We will miss his steady hand and sage advice and I know you will all join me in wishing him well for the next chapter in his life.”
The dinner in Malaysia was held at the Tamarind Hill Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur on 20 June and about 70 guests attended including Chapter president Joanna Liao and the committee, together with past presidents Mr Cheng Wai Kok, Mr Raj Kumar and Ms Lee Wan Ling. Official guests joining the Vice Chancellor and Chancellor included Ms Susan Kahwati, Australian Trade Commissioner and University Fellow Mr Ir Chee Meng Yeong FUniSA.
More than 135 guests attended the Singaporean dinner at the Park Royal Hotel on Beach Road on 24 June. Chapter president Ms Sherina Ng and the committee, together with past president Dr Mike Teng, attended the dinner. Official guests joining the Vice Chancellor and Chancellor were Tracy Harris, Australian Trade Commissioner Singapore, Australian High Commissioner Clele White, University Fellow Dr Chew Kia Ngee FUniSA and Mr Mark Coggins, CEO of M2 Academy.
More than 160 guests joined the Vice Chancellor and Chancellor at the dinner in Hong Kong on 27 June at the Palace Wedding Banquet. Chapter president Mr Stephen Sze and the committee, together with past president Dr Lai Kwok Wai, were joined by official guests, including representatives of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in HKSAR Mr Zhang Zong Ming and Mr Huang Yu, and Mr Tom Wu Tsu Huang of the UniSA Alumni Association of Taiwan.
The annual reunions are a highlight of the alumni calendar in these countries. University of South Australia alumni gather to renew friendships with former classmates who studied at one of UniSA’s local partner institutions, or the Adelaide campus.
Volunteer chapter committees in each country run a calendar of social and charity events and seminars. Touching base with the local committee is a great way for expatriate alumni to fast track business and personal networks when arriving in country.