Launch of Alumni UK
Emcee Singapore: Charmaine launched Alumni UK – a new proposition with ambitious plans to build connections and grow it to be the largest global alumni network at Eden Hall the official residence of Her Excellency Kara Owen, British High Commissioner.
Did you know? UK is the top destination for Nobel prize winners who have studied abroad? Nearly 40% of Nobel laureates who studied at universities outside their home country went to universities in the UK.
So the UK higher education experience is clearly an invaluable one – among other things, it helps shape amazing people who make a difference in our world.
A personal highlight was meeting two illustrious ladies – Amanda Chong from Singapore and Asha de Vos from Sri Lanka – who are truly inspirational.
Amanda is a lawyer, poet, playwright, advocate. She was trained as a lawyer in Cambridge. Her poetry has been engraved on the Helix Bridge up the road and is in the GCSE syllabus.
She was a President’s Scholar, won the Singapore Youth Award, was in the Generation T List of Young Leaders shaping Asia’s future. AND this year, she received the Commonwealth Points of Light Award from Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.
Asha De Vos is a marine biologist and founder of Oceanswell, Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education organization. She is listed on the BBC 100 Women list of most inspiring and influential women from around the world.
Kara Owen, British High Commissioner, spoke on her passion in supporting the international Alumni UK and maintaining their connection to the UK.
Lucy Watkins, Regional Director, East Asia for the British Council shared exciting bold and ambitious plans to grow the worldwide professional network to develop the alumni’s career and offer new opportunities to help them succeed.
The event was attended by a select group of eminent alumni, and it is truly commendable that British Council is developing the largest UK alumni network in the world!