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University launches alumni networking events in Malaysia and Vietnam

University of Gloucestershire has launched its first international alumni networking events in joint collaboration with longstanding academic partners in Malaysia and Vietnam.

In Malaysia, Vice-Chancellor Stephen Marston was pleased to meet with graduates at the first alumni event jointly organised by the University and collaborative partner Peninsula College, which was attended by nearly 100 graduates from both institutions.

In a speech, Stephen shared the successes of the University, outlined its ambitions for the future and highlighted the importance of alumni to stay in touch with the University.

Stephen also attended the College’s 21st Graduation Ceremony, which included nearly 200 University graduates in accounting finance, business and logistics management.

Prabha Sundram, Head of Education at the British Council, Malaysia, said: “The networking event celebrated the importance of alumni as assets and ambassadors of the institution, whilst providing opportunities for networking with university and industry leaders.”

Stephen Marston giving a speech
Stephen Marston giving a speech to students at the University of Economics and Finance (UEF)

From Malaysia, Stephen travelled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to visit the University’s academic partner, the University of Economics and Finance (UEF), for a jointly organised alumni networking event and the launch of UEF’s Transnational Education Programmes (TNE).

Stephen addressed new students studying on TNE programmes, sharing the benefits of international learning, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore further opportunities for strategic developments between the institutions, including new programmes.

Vo Hong Son, a 2012 graduate, said: “The alumni networking event was an opportunity to meet other alumni from different fields of study. There were many inspiring stories shared on that day and all of them created an unforgettable memory for me and my friends.”