On Saturday 20th May, CSU Study Centres hosted its inaugural China Alumni event in Shanghai.
The event, which saw over 30 alumni from across China and as far afield as Malaysia, was hosted at the renowned Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking The Bund and the magnificent Shanghai skyline across the water.
Commencing at 11am, the opening of the event included addresses from CSU Study Centre Director, David Knight and CSU Alumni Manager, Gael Evans-Barr. Mr Knight spoke of the rapid progress of the Chinese economy and the and internationalisation of Shanghai as a global city based on Chinese and foreign investment, and then spoke of the advantage CSU international student graduates have to access such a dynamic market, with their bi-lingual and cross-cultural skills and technical knowledge learned from their degrees. Mrs Evans-Barr then highlighted some of the exciting activities the Alumni team has undertaken with alumni both domestically in Australia and around the world.
Following the formal presentations, lunch was served and guests had the opportunity to connect with fellow alumni, with some even reconnected with classmates of old.
The group’s diversity was underscored after lunch when guests were invited to speak to the room about their education experience and the impact it had on their careers.
David Knight - CSU Study Centre Director
The first speaker, Wendy Wei, who studied via distance learning in Sydney, spoke of the impact her education had on her life and her eventual decision to become an educator.
Wendy was then followed by William Wong, a graduate from CSU’s Kuala Lumpur campus in Malaysia in 2002. William went on to a highly successful career as Sales and Marketing Director at Carlsberg before opening his own consulting firm which continues to be successful.
Finally, Mofei Yuan spoke of her time at the CSU Study Centre in Melbourne and all the fond memories she’d created there before graduating in 2015. Mofei also kindly expressed her desire to support CSU as a show of gratitude for the quality of the education she received.
The event wound down to a close at 2pm, with a number of alumni making new network contacts and sharing their personal and professional details.
A special thank you must go out to all of the alumni that travelled from long distances outside of Shanghai to attend the event - based on the success of the day CSU Study Centres has already begun to explore locations for the next CSU Study Centre Alumni event!