Everybody knows that we are a young university. But nobody expects us to have a global alumni network boasting some 40 relocation centers with 300 relocation hosts scattered around the globe, helping new arrivals to settle down and sink roots quickly in their new environment.
It has been a busy year on the HKUST alumni scene. Within a span of 10 months there have been over a dozen alumni gatherings, some of them dinners, others luncheons and yet others simply receptions—from Boston to Beijing, Singapore to Switzerland, Shenzhen to Shanghai and San Francisco, Los Angeles to London as well as New York, not to mention right here on our stunning Clear Water Bay Campus. The President himself was able to find time to attend no less than seven of these get-togethers.
Alumni development is high on the agenda of our new Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Dr Eden Woon. The greatness of a university is partly measured by the achievements of its collective body of former graduates. They are also a vital part of its future development, bringing fresh ideas, new knowledge and needed funds to their alma mater, for the benefit of those who come after them.