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Sheffield Success in Shanghai

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Alumni from across The University of Sheffield and the Management School recently enjoyed an exclusive reception hosted at the Sino-British College (SBC) in Shanghai on 7th May.

Around 30 guests gathered for the reception in the English Tearoom on Campus at SBC, which is located right at the heart of the French Quarter of Shanghai. The Tearoom has recently been renovated and is popular with Management Students as an events venue and a great place to experience a taste of British culture.

As one of the core UK partner universities of the Sino-British College in Shanghai, the University of Sheffield launched a new Business Management degree at SBC in December 2010, with the presence of Professor Keith Burnett, FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University. This has been seen as a milestone in the partnership between Sheffield and SBC/USST for international higher educational cooperation. The THES world university ranking in recent years confirms that the University of Sheffield ranks much higher than other UK universities that are running major Sino-British JV institutions in mainland China.

The reception began with a welcome from Professor Keith Burnett who gave an update on the recent achievements and developments at The University and Management School and thanked alumni for their continuing support.  Professor Ian Gow OBE, Principal and CEO of SBC and himself an alumnus of The University of Sheffield continued with a short speech welcoming guests to SBC.  Guests then had the chance to meet fellow alumni and speak with partners and colleagues from the University and SBC. Five SBC students who are currently studying the Sheffield Business Management degree served at the event as student volunteers. Guests were impressed by their highly proficient English and communicative skills and also the quality of services they delivered.  The reception was also attended by the Registrar of The University of Sheffield, Dr Philip Harvey; Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs Management School; Mr Ian Proctor, Head of Business Development and External Relations Affairs Management School; Professor Bradley Barnes, Associate Dean for Internationalisation Management School.

Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012 Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012

Professor Ian Gow said: “As a former Sheffield graduate, and former Chairman of the School of Management and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Sheffield, I am delighted to see the great progress that the School of Management is making and especially its recent AACSB approval making the School of Management one of the very few business schools in the United Kingdom or indeed Europe, holding the coveted triple accreditation in the field of business and management. We are absolutely delighted to host this first alumni event for Sheffield School of Management on our campus in central Shanghai, especially during the inaugural year of the new Sheffield Business and Management degree being delivered at SBC. In three years time, SBC students will be completing the Sheffield degree here and becoming Sheffield alumni. We are also delighted to welcome back the Vice Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett, and Dr Philip Harvey, the very first NCUK Registrar to visit our campus.”

The University of Sheffield has a long established relationship with China and it has been welcoming students for many decades. The Management School is proud to be a part of this collaborative partnership and is very much looking forward to working more closely with our partners in China in the future. “Alumni Relations at the Management School are continuing to develop.  We are dedicated to building our alumni networks and delivering a range of valuable social and professional networking events, and creating a vibrant alumni community that all of our alumni members are proud to be a part of. The reception in Shanghai was a great opportunity to re-introduce alumni and partners in China into the work of The University of Sheffield and the Management School,” said Professor Lenny Koh.

Alumni Reception Shanghai May 2012

The Management School will be hosting a programme of alumni networking events over the coming year and looks forward to further developing our collaborative work with our partners, alumni and supporters in China.

You can see more photos of the Shanghai Alumni reception at:

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Alumni meet up in Mumbai

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The University of Sheffield Management School was pleased to attend an informal alumni gathering in Mumbai India, in April.

Alumni and guests gathered for evening drinks and dinner at the Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai, hosted by Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni Relations at the Management School. The evening was also attended my Mr Ian Proctor, Head of Business Development and External Relations and Professor Bradley Barnes, Associate Dean for Internationalisation at the Management School.

The evening was a great opportunity for alumni to reminisce and share stories of their time at Sheffield. It also provided the chance for alumni to network with local business people and even make a few new contacts.

The Management School has strong ties with our alumni who are based in India, and are always looking into ways to further strengthen our international alumni relations. The School is also looking forward to the Summer student exchange programme, that was agreed last year, with  S.P. Jain Center for Management in Mumbai.

Alumni India April 2012

You can see more photos of past alumni events at:

The Management School hosts a programme of alumni networking events throughout the year.  For further information about alumni relations at the Management School see: or email

Business Interest Event: ‘Hong Kong on Trial’

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Have you conducted business in Hong Kong or China, or are you about to undertake some work in Hong Kong or China or have a real business interest in the region?

If so, you are invited to attend a fascinating, unique event ‘Hong Kong on Trial.’ In the style of mock court proceedings, experienced advisers will be debating the following statement: ‘Investing in Hong Kong is still an essential gateway to doing business in China.’

The event will take place at the Moot Court Room at the University of Sheffield on Tuesday 15 November 2011.  Two teams of experienced advisors will present arguments FOR and AGAINST the case and will call upon witnesses in support of their arguments. The witnesses will be seasoned investors with real stories and examples of establishing businesses in Hong Kong and/or mainland China. A judge will keep order on what will be an enlightening mock trial.

As a member of the audience, your role as the Jury will be most important; you will cast a vote based on what you hear providing the verdict for the day on whether the statement ‘Investing in Hong Kong is still
an essential gateway to doing business in China’ is true or false.

A wide range of topics will be covered as part of the mock court proceedings, including:

  • Characteristics of the Chinese Market
  • The benefits of using Hong Kong as an intermediary jurisdiction
  • Company set up and maintenance differences between Hong Kong and mainland China
  • Intellectual Property: where to hold your IP rights
  • Taxes and finances: How does Hong Kong assist with cash extraction for your business in mainland China?
  • Laws and regulations: What are the key benefits in using the Hong Kong legal system when your business is in mainland China?
  • Business culture and people
  • Key risk issues when investing in mainland China and whether Hong Kong can reduce these risks

The timetable of events is as follows:

  • 5:30 pm Registration
  • 6:00 pm Mock court proceedings begin, followed by: opening statements, presentation of cases, questioning of witnesses, closing statements, jury’s verdict, audience questions and feedback.
  • 8:00 pm Buffet

To register
To register your place, please email Joanna Lavan at

Please note: Due to restricted space in the court room places are limited so priority will be given to HK-UK Business Forum members and then on a first come basis.

Professor Bradley Barnes’ Inaugural Lecture.

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Bradley’s Inaugural lecture will take place at St George’s Church, Mappin Street
at 5pm, 10th March 2010.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the ICOSS  building. All are welcome to attend.