20 Jun 2011
A group of Business School alumni gathered in Shanghai with Professor John Shields, (Pictured 5th from left)
The ABC's prolific Economics correspondent, Stephen Long, entertained more than 200 members of the Business School alumni last week at the first Connect over Cocktails function for 2011.
Stephen took a turn on the other side of the microphone answering questions from Acting Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, Professor Tyrone Carlin, about his thoughts on the global financial crisis and the current fragile financial situation in Greece.
Held at The Establishment in Sydney City, the evening was an opportunity for friendships to be reunited and networks expanded. Prominent alumni including Dr John Laker AO (BEc '72) Chairman of the Australian Prudential Authority (APRA); Corey Payne (BCom '07), Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs player; and Phil Harry AM(BEc '60), Chairman of the Sydney Uni Football Club joined many more recent graduates who were attending the event for the first time.
The Connect over Cocktails event is held twice a year, and since its inception in 2007, has become an important opportunity for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and hear the latest news from the Business School.
Acting Dean, Professor Tyrone Carlin, observed that while a cross section of graduating years were in attendance all had reunited with a common and genuine interest in the world of business.
Reconnecting in China
The Business School's China-based alumni had their own opportunity to celebrate this week at some special functions to coincide with a visit to the country by the Business School's Professor John Shields - Associate Dean (Postgraduate) and Dr Wu Zhan (Lecturer in International Business).
A luncheon was held at Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel in Shanghai for a group of recent graduates who now work in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, real estate and banking. A breakfast was also held in Jinan, Shandong province in celebration of the close ties alumni have with the Business School where ever their international career takes them.