Joined by Professor Edward Peck, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences, Jade Bressington, Deputy Head of Alumni Relations and College Alumni Relations Manager (Social Sciences), and Matt Mangan, Head of Principal Gifts, welcomed more than 50 Birmingham alumni to the 71st floor of the Stamford Hotel. Graduates ranged from an alumnus who was last on campus in 1956 through to those graduating as recently as 2012. The University has deep connections in Singapore; we deliver undergraduate and MBA programmes locally using University of Birmingham faculty who fly in to teach the same programmes as those delivered on campus in conjunction with the Singapore Institute of Management. We now have more than 350 students enrolled on these programmes and it was fantastic to be able to meet with a number of individuals who have graduated from them to hear about their experiences and their strong affinity to a campus, which many of them have not yet visited.
In addition, Music has strong links with the Raffles Academy; this enables excellent students from the Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls School to enter the second year of our BA Music Programme and Jade and Matt were delighted to be joined by an alumna who is now managing the programme locally. Birmingham is one of only 19 UK Law Schools where our degree is recognised in Singapore and some Birmingham-bred lawyers were among the graduates they met. In fact one alumnus had decided to bring along his son, who is planning to undertake a law degree in the UK, to find out more about the programme. Fingers crossed the enthusiasm and warmth of feeling towards Birmingham in the room has secured his application!
Among the guests were at least two UoB couples and many more who had met their partners during their time at Birmingham. There were many comments and compliments on how the campus and city has developed - Google maps and YouTube had clearly been used as prep for the evening - and it was fantastic to hear many varied memories of graduates’ time on campus. The evening definitely provided food for thought in terms of how we sustain the interest and support that was definitely present in the room – more on this soon! If you would like to be involved in supporting local alumni activity in Singapore, please email firstname.lastname@example.org