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International alumni week

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We set aside the week of 13-19 April 2015 as International Alumni Week. This is where we asked alumni around the world to join us in celebrating Warwick's anniversary with their own celebrations. What these entailed was up to the alumni but we hoped that the organisers would see this as a great opportunity to galvanize the Warwick community and to build relationships that will last long after 2015.We were delighted with the response with events organised from Baghdad to San Francisco. You can see photos and reports from organisers for some of the events below.

If you'd like to find out more about alumni activities near you, you can contact your alumni ambassador here. If there isn't an ambassador where you live, why not volunteer yourself?

Kuala Lumpur

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Around 70 Malaysian alumni got together in November to celebrate Warwick's 50th anniversary. Attendees were from a wide range cohorts and the feedback was very positive.
 

Delhi

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On Tuesday 19th May, University of Warwick and Warwick Business School alumni met at Hotel LaLiT bar in Delhi. The purpose of the event was to celebrate Warwick's 50th Anniversary, along with meeting applicants to WBS attending a one-day Pre-Masters course just outside Delhi in Gurgaon. Alumni were joined by WBS staff Simon Bason, Pamela Pinski and Fay Watkin.

Dubai

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On Friday 15th May, University of Warwick and Warwick Business School alumni met on the roof at the Dubai Creek Hilton in Dubai. The purpose of the event was to celebrate Warwick's 50th Anniversary, along with meeting applicants to WBS attending a one-day Pre-Masters course in Dubai. Alumni were joined by WBS staff Simon Bason, Pamela Pinski and Fay Watkin.

Austria

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Warwick Alumni Austria hosted two events to commemorate 50 years of University of Warwick and its successes. The first event took place on March 19th at the Steffl's Sky Bar, with a perfect view of the grand St. Stephens Cathedral. The Sky Bar is located on the seventh floor of Vienna’s lifestyle department store, Steffl. The glass front offers breath-taking views of the capital’s vibrant urban scenery as well as the outskirts of the city with its hills and vineyards.


Sixteen alumni took part at the first celebration, with several of them bringing along some pictures from their graduation ceremonies, 10 to 30 years ago. Many new faces arrived and many new friendships have been formed.

The second event took the form of a brunch at Motto am Fluss on the May 9th, a restaurant situated on the Danube Canal adjacent to the first district.
The hotspot on the Danube Canal doubles up as a mooring station for the Twin City Liner and is an architectural highlight. At first sight, the building could be confused with a boat. The weather was perfect and the 14 alumni who took part had a great time, especially after having received a goodie bag from the University!

All in all, both events were well visited and the alumni look forward to staying in touch and hearing more about exciting developments from their alma mater.


Belgium

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The Warwick alumni gala in Brussels, celebrating 50 years of Warwick, was a great success. Everybody had a good time. We had MEP Daniel Dalton, a Warwick graduate, to host the dinner. We were 16 people (15 Warwick graduates), almost everyone in senior positions, directors, managers and consultants. It was really a pleasure to see that Warwick graduates succeeded so well in their fields. This means a good education and I am very proud of Warwick.

Tanzania

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Korea

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Korean alumni celebrated Warwick’s 50th birthday on 27th April at the British Embassy in Seoul. This was quite a meaningful event since this year is also 15th anniversary of the Korean Warwick alumni committee and was the first time to be held at the embassy. Additionally, the deputy head of mission, Mr Andrew Dalgleish and his wife, who are also Warwick alumni, joined us and were very proud to be a part of this celebration before his leave this year. Lastly, the International Office showed great interest towards this thus head of partnerships & Assistant director, Stephen Williams kindly visited all the way from Coventry.

With this great support and interest, Korean alumni committee successfully completed with over 70 alumni. To ‘spice up’ the event, dress code was white and blue like the Warwick logo and British finger foods were served. What is more, the embassy provided European beer and beverages to go along. There were a number of fun events such as photogenic awards and a pop quiz about Warwick. Although alumni have different work experiences and degrees, everyone was happy to recall and share their great memories at Warwick. Small complementary goods such as mugs, T-shirts and crest badges were provided by the International Office, which were great pieces of souvenir to take away with. About 10 prospective students were also invited and it was helpful for them to get practical advice on course and career.

Overall, the hard work of the International office, the British Embassy and the Korean alumni committee paid off and received many compliments from alumni. We wish to provide a more profound networking base around globe. We wish to come back here again in the future with more interesting news.


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Dubai

Washington DC

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Our alumni in Dubai had a great time celebrating 50th anniversary of the university on the rooftop bar with a great scenery of Dubai. Most of the guests already know each other from our previous gatherings and it was a nice and cosy evening of catching up with each other, meeting other new alumni members and sharing our sweet university memories. The guests enjoyed lovely goodies provided by the University especially for the celebration. It is a great pleasure to know that all the alumni members are excited and looking forward for the future events and celebrations. Washington DC-based alumni had a great turnout for their dinner. They had alumni from all years and a cross-section of all programs.



Mexico

France

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Luxembourg

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Nearly 40 alumni got together on 22 April at PwC Luxembourg to celebrate Warwick's 50th anniversary. The event was hosted by John Parkhouse, Deputy Managing Partner of PwC Luxembourg and a Warwick alumnus and Jessica Whytehorn, the Luxembourg alumni ambassador.

The celebration was a great opportunity to network and extend networks. Both the British Ambassador to Luxembourg, Alice Walpole and the out-going Chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce, John Johnston, congratulated the hosts on an event well planned and on receiving a great turn-out, considering the number of alumni actually represented in Luxembourg. They encouraged the alumni association to have a close working relationship with the Embassy and the Chambers of Commerce and to participate in networking activities and other programmes which they organise and to help to spread the good news about the very high-standard of education in the UK.


Japan

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On Friday April 17th Warwick Alumni in Japan got together in a neat, traditional city hotel in Tokyo to celebrate Warwick’s 50th birthday. The party started by watching a film message from Mark Taylor, the dean of WBS. The head of British Airways Japan, Mr. Jonty Brunner, also joined the party as a special guest, delivering an entertaining speech. It was a great celebration night. People enjoyed themselves a lot, wishing the University continued success for the next 50 years.

Ukraine

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Hong Kong

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Warwick’s Careers & Skills team organised and held its second Annual Careers Event in Hong Kong which was attended by over 70 Warwick alumni and current students. The focus of the event was ‘Leadership ‘and the importance of these skills, whatever the stage of your career, or the job sector you work in. The evening was also part of Warwick’s 50th anniversary celebrations and was an inspirational and enjoyable event. Following a welcome drink, the event featured three speakers, each of whom are at different stages of their career, from a recent graduate to an experienced professional, and they very openly shared their experiences. The Chairperson of the Warwick Graduates’ Association (Hong Kong) also attended and kindly introduced the networking part of the evening. The evening was rounded off with a thank you from Careers & Skills and an encouragement to all alumni to support Warwick students and graduates with their job hunting and career progression.

Kenya

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We had an overwhelming response from all the Warwick alumni in Kenya. They have more than 100 members in our FB page, almost 50 members in their Whatsapp group in less than a month of officially forming the group. Overall, there is an exciting flow of enthusiasm with people coming up with various ideas on how to make this group a more successful group with a socio-commercial impact. They are creating a database to capture each other's hobbies, interests, professional skills to connect in other ways as well within the alumni of Warwick. They have many ideas for future like charitable mission in an orphanage school, a trek to the peak of Mt. Kenya, the second largest peak of Africa and many more.

In regards with Warwick 50th Anniversary, they unanimously agreed that they should focus on Health. They agreed to do a walk in one of the most beautiful and scenic trails in Nairobi, Karura Forest. The place is known for caves, where Mau revolutionaries used to hide, beautiful waterfalls, and of course well guided walking and cycling trails. Members turned up with their families and friends for the walk and they had some young enthusiasts too....as young as 8 months old. Post the walk they all then joined at Java House, Gigiri for breakfast. All in all, the event was attended by almost 40 people and indeed it was a great success.


Russia

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The Russian celebration was split into two stages with gatherings in Moscow and in St.Petersburg. The Moscow event was huge: there were about 70 people coming and leaving through the night. We made a presentation and arranged a quiz and winners got T-shirts and cups The Kazakh event took place on 11th June in Astana. It was hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Palmowski and the guest of honour was Mr T O Balykbayev, Vice-Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, whose daughter is an alumna.
 

Canada

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The Netherlands

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