In mid-May, delegations from the University of Edinburgh hosted alumni receptions and other events across Hong Kong and China to develop the University’s partnerships in the region.
Senior Vice-Principal Professor Charlie Jeffery hosted receptions and talks in Hong Kong and Shanghai that brought together local Edinburgh graduates, helping them build social and professional networks.
A diverse group of 100 guests attended the event in Hong Kong, including alumni, business contacts and current students on exchange programmes at Hong Kong University. In Shanghai, more than 180 alumni came together, and plans are now in place to establish an alumni club in the city.
Professor Jeffery discussed the implications of Brexit on higher education, and the ways in which the University can respond to the challenges and remain fundamentally European and international in its outlook.
During the same week, 13-19 May, 15 alumni from China and Hong Kong volunteered at student recruitment sessions in Taipei, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai, hosted by staff from Edinburgh Global. They shared their experiences of Edinburgh with prospective students and answered questions about everything from visas to accommodation.
Every year, the University of Edinburgh welcomes more than 2,000 students from China and Hong Kong, which has resulted in a large, highly engaged alumni community in the region.
Edinburgh has strong links with several outstanding universities, including Hong Kong University, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and Shanghai Jiao Tong, Fudan, Donghua and Zhejiang universities. Edinburgh works in partnership with these institutions to develop innovative teaching methods and pioneering research.
If you would like to support the University’s overseas recruitment activities, please get in touch with Emily Bateman, Global Alumni Coordinator: Emily.Bateman@ed.ac.uk
The University has published a booklet on its position as a leading European university. A European University (PDF).
Further information is available on the University web pages about the University's response to Brexit.