July has been a very busy time for the Alumni Relations team. The month began with a campus hearing forum, then team-members and Macquarie representatives ventured to Asia, visiting Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam, and Seoul, Korea, within ten days. Not content with this whirlwind tour of Asia, they also launched a new Alumni group in Mongolia.
Macquarie alumni were invited to campus on 7 July to hear about research and innovations in hearing health. The day began with a forum in the Hearing Hub, followed by a hearing screening test, networking morning tea, and a campus tour with student ambassadors. Check out Snapped On for more details and photos.
The ever-busy Prashan Karunaratne from Macquarie Business School joined the Alumni team in Ho Chi Minh City to promote Macquarie to potential students and, while there, hosted a local gathering of the Alumni Network. We’re not sure whether Prashan or the alumni were luckier, everyone had a great time.
Next stop, Singapore
On 13 July the Vice-Chancellor was joined by Philanthropy Executive Director Hedda Paisley and Alumni Relations Head Susan Mills for the Vice-Chancellor’s Reception at the Andaz Singapore Hotel. Austrade Singapore VIPs, Trade and Investment Commissioner Amelia Walsh and Business Development Manager Cheryl Lee, joined members of the Macquarie University Australian Alumni Singapore Chapter, including the #MQAlumni Singapore network leader Linda Lee and recent Singaporean graduates, who were supported by the Singapore alumni community when borders were closed. When the newest group of Singaporean alumni graduate in August, they will be meeting the Singapore student society to share the value of the global alumni community.
Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton speaks with attendees at the Vice-Chancellor’s Reception
Then on to Hanoi
Lurion De Mello from the Macquarie Business School was on hand in Hanoi to host the Alumni Network event on 15 July during his busy 9-day trip to Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Lurion was joined by 15 local alumni, some of whom were former students who introduced him to a local delicacy Lurion says is amazing: egg coffee… We’ll have to take your word on that, Lurion!
Last stop, Seoul
Rounding out the busy month, the Korea Alumni Network meet-up was held on 18 July at the Four Seasons Seoul. What was originally planned as an intimate invite-only gathering for 30 received such enthusiasm from the Korea network leader Dr Man Ki Kim and the local alumni community, that the venue was changed to accommodate 77 alumni. Macquarie was represented by Hedda Paisley, who travelled to Seoul from the Singapore Alumni event, and Matthew Monkhouse, Regional Director South-East Asia, International Operations.
One of the lucky door prize winners, Sang Won Lee, accepting an MQ Bear from Matthew Monkhouse