Spring in Beijing
In March, Council Chairman Mr. Andrew Liao, then Acting President Professor Wei Shyy, and HKUST senior management joined alumni and exchange students for a drinks reception in Beijing. Participants enjoyed meeting friends, both old and new, and catching up with the University's latest developments, including the upcoming capital projects on campus.
More than 220 alumni and friends gathered in Shanghai for their signature annual spring banquet with Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Professor Sabrina Lin to celebrate Chinese New Year. Before dinner, guests discussed the topic "Capital Markets, Blockchain, and Real Estate" in a forum hosted by several distinguished alumni. The inauguration of the Shanghai Chapter's executive committee's third session, headed by Han Yuze, was also announced. Other engaging forums and group activities were held during the year.
Alumni in Northern California have enjoyed several gatherings in the past couple of months. They spent a wonderful afternoon with then Acting President Professor Wei Shyy at a weekend lunch in July, and the School of Engineering's Alumni & Friends Reception was a great success. Professor David Zweig of the Division of Social Science hosted a memorable dinner, alumni soaked up the sun at the joint-university picnic, and attended the United Chinese Alumni Association's 2018 annual meeting in May for the first time ever! Thanks to keen support from alumni mentors, the mentorship program was recently launched, helping exchange students settle in smoothly and learn from graduates. Plus, the HKUST Northern California T-shirts are in the making!
The past couple of months have been particularly eventful for alumni in Ontario. The Chinese New Year celebration in March was a highlight of the year! They also met alumni from other universities in Hong Kong for a dinner party in April, and made the most of the good weather with a joint cruise down the Grand River in July.
The broad spectrum of events in Singapore has long been attracting many alumni and students. In January, the general annual meeting marked a milestone for the Singapore Chapter as they looked back on successes of the past year. In April, whiskey aficionados enjoyed a tasting session for alumni, and volunteers supported Love Our Community and Love in Action by joining several activities to help the less privileged. June saw lively discussions about blockchain at a forum jointly organized with alumni from other universities.