Published: 11 September 2020

University of Surrey China Alumni Association successfully holds a forum on UN Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Psychology

Alumni came together for a thought-provoking afternoon of presentations and group discussions on environmental psychology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Photograph of all guests listening to speaker Adina Deacu

On 30 August, alumna Adina Deacu (MSc Environmental Psychology 2019), founder of ‘Tianmei’s World’ consultancy was invited by the University of Surrey China Alumni Association (USCAA) to host a forum on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and environmental psychology at the ‘Chinese Ivy League’ alumni base in Shanghai.

This very popular event was rapidly booked to capacity, with 35 Surrey alumni and graduates from other universities in attendance. The forum explored how the environment you inhabit can make an impact on your life and work, and how to optimise your surroundings for mental wellbeing.

Alumni speaker Adina is an entrepreneur and self-made businesswoman from Romania, who started her business venture in China. She is proficient in four languages including Chinese, English, Spanish and Romanian. As an expert in environmental psychology, she inspired the audience with her in-depth subject knowledge and guests benefited greatly from the opportunity to take part in friendly group discussions on these topics.

The Forum was attended by Surrey graduates, as well as alumni from China People's University, Tongji University, Dalian Maritime University, Shanghai University, China University of Mining, the Shanghai Film Art College, Imperial College, University of Warwick, University of Reading, the University of Creative Arts (UCA), Cornell University, the University of Maryland, the University of Tokyo in Japan, the Japanese Electrical Communication University, Royal Melbourne University (RMIT), and the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Surrey alumni and new “Surrey Friends” from other universities alike found the event interesting and a wonderful way to develop new friendships. The attendees have agreed to come together again in the future- all are looking forward to the next gathering!

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