University hosts graduation ceremonies in China
28 October 2010
More than 400 of the University's China-based students have received their degrees at graduation ceremonies in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The Chancellor, Professor Marie Bashir, conferred degrees on more than 300 graduates in a ceremony at the JW Marriott Hotel in Shanghai, during the University's program of events at the end of the World Expo.
Three days later the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, presented degrees to more than 100 students at a ceremony in Hong Kong.
The University has been holding degree ceremonies in China since 2005, when it became the first university in the world to use the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square.
The ceremonies have now become an annual event, shared between Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor John Hearn said the events in China were designed to enable the families and friends of Chinese graduates to share in their success and enjoy the spectacle of a degree ceremony.
The University has more than 5000 Chinese students, the largest national grouping in its international student body.
On the evening before the degree ceremony, the University hosted an alumni reception at the World Trade Centre Club in Hong Kong, hosted by the Hong Kong Alumni Association and the Director of Alumni and Community Engagement, Ms Tracey Beck. The guest speaker was Ms Feliciana Cheung (BSc 85, LLB 89), the Deputy General Counsel at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
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