Alumni Services

Celebrating links in China and Hong Kong

This autumn, alumni and friends got together in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to attend alumni events hosted by the University.

China and Hong Kong

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement, Kirsty MacDonald, was on hand to welcome guests and to update them on the latest developments at the University.

In Beijing, architecture alumnus Dr Liu Li gave a fascinating lecture on the development taking place in Chinese cities. Whilst in Shanghai and Hong Kong Professor Chris Breward, Vice-Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, spoke about the latest achievements of the College and its future plans.

The turn-out at all of the events was fantastic. The alumni team relished the opportunity to meet with so many graduates and we look forward to building on these links.

Chinese Alumni

The University of Edinburgh was the first in Europe to admit a Chinese student, Huang Kuan, who graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 1855. Since then the University's Chinese alumni have included many distinguished contributors to public life, science and medicine, including Professor Zhong Nanshan, President of the Chinese Medical Association and leader of the team that identified the SARS virus.

The University currently has over 3000 alumni living in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

Chinese Students

There are around 1,600 students from China currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Chinese Student Association has over 300 active members and is one of the largest at the University


China Office

The University of Edinburgh China Office, located in Beijing, supports our international strategic engagement with China through identifying research links and facilitating collaboration with front ranked universities.