Published: 27 August 2020

First badminton competition held by the University of Surrey Shanghai Alumni Association

The Shanghai Alumni Association recently held its inaugural badminton tournament, bringing together Surrey graduates for a fun sporting challenge.

Shanghai Alumni Association Badminton Tournament August 2020

On August 22, 2020, the University of Surrey Shanghai Alumni Association held its first badminton competition, which was attended by graduates from a wide range of majors and graduating classes. Organized by Wu Ning (MBA, 2003), President of Association, the event took place at Jing 'an District Gymnasium, one of the city’s top venues for the sport of badminton.

Dr Zhang Jianyi (PhD Chemical and Process Engineering, 2018) used to enjoy playing badminton during his time as a Surrey student. He shared his experiences and supported the competition by explaining the equipment, rules and skills of the game with the alumni players, so that they could quickly master a basic knowledge of the sport.

Meanwhile, to keep everyone’s energy levels up, Li Hong (MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology, 2017) kindly sponsored Swiss milkshakes through her business, which helped the players recover quickly after their sporting exertions! 

The badminton session provided a great opportunity for Surrey alumni to interact, compete and cooperate with each other. The theme of the activity was “competition comes after friendship”. Combining sharing and interaction, sports and leisure, and integrating competition with communication, the tournament embodied the spirit of the cultural and sporting activities that are organised by the University of Surrey Shanghai Alumni Association.

For decades, Chinese students have been an important community at University of Surrey and at present, the University has over 600 alumni in Shanghai. After returning to China, Surrey’s alumni in the city have distinguished themselves and contributed to society in a wide range of business fields such as IT, hotel management, event management and education. 

The University of Surrey Shanghai Alumni Association (USSAA) offers a platform for communication between old and new alumni. The Association strives to provide interaction and support for graduates through offline and online sharing sessions and other communication activities, and to promote the development of Surrey alumni in their work, study and life.

Find out more about the University’s international alumni clubs and get involved.

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