Alumni support from around the world
Graduates based in America and Hong Kong have committed to furthering alumni engagement in each country and we are pleased to announce two initiatives to strengthen our network.
Alumnus Surjit Chana has joined the US Friends of Surrey Board to help develop a new plan of activity and engagement with our graduates based in America.
Surjit, who graduated with a BSc in Physics in 1987, is a seasoned global executive who has held progressively senior management positions in the corporate sector and is currently a Harvard Fellow at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.
Chris Gethin, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, said: “Surjit will be a great edition to the Board and will help us create a more active programme. We already hold regular alumni gatherings in San Francisco, New York and Houston and look forward to more opportunities to connect with alumni.”
Graduates based in Hong Kong have formed a new Surrey network to further alumni engagement and act as ambassadors for the University.
Over a wonderful dinner at City University’s restaurant to celebrate the Lunar New Year, those present adopted a constitution, and elected as interim Chairman, Dr Robin Bradbeer, Class of 67, Treasurer Victor Cheung, Class of 88, and Secretary Trevor Jarrett, Class of 74.
The officials will now formally register the network with the Hong Kong authorities and begin to plan activities over the coming months. The group aims to organise social and networking opportunities, keep alumni informed of what is happening at Surrey and support the University by helping with student recruitment, building Surrey’s reputation and fundraising to support Surrey students and research. Members will, in particular, encourage support for the University’s Chancellor’s 50th Anniversary Appeal.
There are around 1,500 Surrey alumni in Hong Kong and around 420 current students from the region studying at Surrey. The newly-formed Hong Kong Surrey alumni club will hold its first event, open to all, in the coming months and looks forward to welcoming the Vice-Chancellor for a 50th anniversary celebration event on 22 July.