Thank you for joining us on our tour of China

Group shot of the attendees of King's alumni event in Shanghai

What a whirlwind week it was in China.

On Saturday 25 May, after a long 12 hour flight, we landed in a very wet and windy Shanghai. That evening we met up with King’s Shanghai alumni committee to catch-up over dinner and delicious Jasmine Tea. We heard about the developing alumni community, learned about the ‘996’ working style and found out that the food everyone misses from London is fish and chips. We were also joined by the Chair of the committee, Tiger Jin, who was recently featured in our alumni magazine, InTouch.

After a restful Sunday we spent Monday catching up with various alumni around Shanghai before getting ready for our main event at Le Royal Meridien Hotel. It was exciting to see the more than 150 of you attend our networking event. Local alumnus Dr Hao Wu gave an insightful talk where he shared his career story of working in strategic marketing and business development for the healthcare industry. We also learned about his eating habits while at King’s (lots of fast food) and he entertained us with his idea for a King’sman movie.

On Tuesday we took the bullet train to a much sunnier and more humid Beijing. After getting a bit lost in the Forbidden City, we finally arrived for dinner with King’s Beijing alumni committee. We enjoyed some great food, some new like the horseshoe crab, and we learned a lot about what alumni in Beijing have been up to. We also learned that more women in China are postponing or decided not to start families in order to focus on their careers.

On Wednesday we met up with the King’s China Office to learn more about future King’s students and the amazing alumni volunteers who help out at their offer-holder events. That evening we held our second alumni event, with over 180 attendees, which is a record number for any of our events outside of the UK.

We were joined by local alumna Dr Zhaorui Liu, Associate Professor at the Division of Social Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Institute of Mental Health, Peking University. She gave a fascinating talk, ‘Coping with dementia: what can we do now.’ We were also joined by Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s, who held a Q&A with Dr Liu and discussed his new book, ‘China’s Dream: The culture of Chinese Communism and the secret sources of its power’.

At both events we were also joined by Professor Funmi Olonisakin who gave key updates from the university. These included King’s position as a top 10 UK university in the 2018/29 QS World University Rankings and a top five university in the THE University Impact Rankings. Funmi also highlighted King’s recent Guardian award for social and community impact and our partnerships with various universities in China including Shanghai Jian Tong University (SJTU), Fudan University and China Scholarships Council to name a few.

We’re humbled that so many of you came to see us and we loved hearing what you have all been up to since graduation. Although you may now be on the other side of the world, you are still an important part of our amazing international alumni community – you are still Forever King’s.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon, but in the meantime, you can stay up-to-date with alumni news, events and opportunities by following us on WeChat. Scan our QR below or search 伦敦国王学院校友会 under ‘Official Accounts’. And remember to join us on King’s Connect to connect with other alumni and find a mentor.