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.
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.
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:
- The Sino-British College: http://www.sbc-usst.edu.cn/en/about.asp?Aid=21&Bid=53
- The University of Sheffield Management School: http://www.shef.ac.uk/management
- Further information about alumni relations at the Management School: http://www.shef.ac.uk/management/alumni or email firstname.lastname@example.org