Yesterday was the alumni event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing. Six of the seven Matariki universities together invited former students. It worked very well to organize this together, and the attendance was better than anyone had dared hope. Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, welcomed everyone, and then it was mingling all the way. Uppsala, pleasingly, had the most participants, about fifty alumni. As always it was fun and energizing to meet all the ambitious and enterprising young people united by the fact that they had all studied – and survived – in Uppsala. There were students from all parts of the University, with some emphasis on computer science, life sciences, media and communication and peace and conflict studies.
A special thanks to Eric (Hao Liu), chairman of the Uppsala University alumni chapter in Beijing, and to Thomas Fredengren for his work to make it all happen.
Below are three photos from the event, from the left: all the Uppsala alumni gathered, Eric and Anders, the partners of the Matariki network (photo by Leif Kirsebom). More photos will be posted on the Alumni Network website later.