In October, Acting Head of School, Professor Amir Sharif, represented Brunel Business School as part of a senior University delegation to China to develop and strengthen links with university alumni, and to pursue collaborative links with Chinese universities and companies.
The visit included the University‘s Vice Chancellor, Professor Julia Buckingham, Professor Andrew George, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education and International), the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Clive Gee (with much support from the development office), and International Strategy Manager, Leina Shi.
The thrust of the visit was a succession of alumni events which were held in in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai with a wide range of alumni and their guests in attendance, including a strong representation of Business School alumni from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including the Brunel MBA.
All former students were enthusiastic to meet with BBS colleagues and to update the team on their individual career paths. Several students had successfully setup their own companies or were working for leading national or multinational companies in the region.
Edward Zhou, MBA Alumnus, who attended the Hong Kong event on the 6th October, was particularly pleased to have attended. Through networking at event he was able to secure much needed development interest in his cooking “robot” invention.
“I did enjoy the Alumni event in Hong Kong. It was well organised. Brunel is always increasing its performance in terms of ranking and creative thinking. I am excited for the future of our University.”
Edward Zhou, 2013 MBA Alumnus
Professor Sharif, who presented a talk on innovation, knowledge and organisational performance during the Shanghai visit, was delighted with the collaborative nature of the visit overall.
“BBS will be seeking to pursue a number of exciting collaborative opportunities as a result, including School-level support for Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai-based alumni chapters as part of a wider and developing University strategy to strengthen its presence in China and the region.”
Professor Amir Sharif, Acting Head of Business School (College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences)
Also part of the delegation were a number academic representatives from various University departments including Professor Hua Zhao, Vice Dean for Research, (College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences); Professor Guy Liu, Professor of Economics (Department of Economics and Finance), and Dr Weifeng Chen, Lecturer in International Business (Brunel Business School) who added:
“It is truly a magnificent experience for me to meet our Brunel Business School former students in Beijing and Shanghai who we used to meet in Brunel back in London. They are all now thriving and successful in the fastest growing market – China.”
Dr Weifeng Chen, Lecturer, Business School (College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences)
Success from City to City
For a full report on the China visit including comments from Brunel alumni, please visit the Brunel University London website.