2012 Alumni Groups Global Leadership Conference in Hong Kong
CARO were delighted to welcome more than twenty Alumni Group leaders from Europe to Australasia to a morning of sharing ideas and best practice at the Grand Hyatt overlooking Hong Kong Harbour. The day formed part of the Cambridge Global Alumni Conference, a major new international CARO initiative. Even before the conference began, delegates were expressing how glad they were to attend a CARO event in Asia and recommending that it become a regular occurrence.
We were particularly honoured to be welcomed to Hong Kong by Sir David Li and representatives of the two local Groups. Michael Ng (Oxford and Cambridge Society, Hong Kong) and Dominic Chan (Friends of Cambridge, Hong Kong) played a very active part helping deliver the event. Delegates clearly appreciated the fact that the Vice-Chancellor expressed his intention to speak frankly and openly about issues such as engaging with postdocs and the lack of government funding. Nathalie Walker (Head of Alumni Relations) began discussions by reminding Alumni Group leaders of their role as key advocates, ambassadors and supporters for the University and that CARO is the gateway for alumni to stay engaged with Collegiate Cambridge.
Although many of the issues discussed during the day were similar to previous UK Leadership Conference the mix of delegates was very different, with many delegates new to Groups and a much higher proportion of College Group leaders (six in total). There was also a strong sense that the day was just the beginning of conversations that would help strengthen the alumni network in Asia.
The day saw the formal launch of the Alumni Groups Recognition Mark, which was also engraved on the Sandy Ross-Macdonald Award (presented to the Fiji Oxford and Cambridge Society)
The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong kindly arranged an informal visit to the
The Peak and dinner at Luk Yu Tea House for delegates after the conference
Details of last years' event