The Asia-Pacific and King’s – three key insights

Ed Byrne and our Shanghai attendees

At the end of March 2017, the King’s Alumni Office embarked on the President’s Asia Pacific Tour, visiting Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing all in just eight days!

The President and Principal, Professor Edward Byrne AC along with the King’s Alumni Office hosted five receptions featuring special guest speakers. King’s has been visiting the region for several years, and as usual, we came back with a lot of interesting insights; here’s our top three:

Taking our alumni to new heights in China

Beijing Skyline

We visited Beijing and Shanghai for the first time as part of the Tour, and it was fantastic to get to meet the King’s communities there who continue to be pioneers for China’s development. There’s a tangible entrepreneurial spirit in China and many of our young alumni are setting up their own businesses. We were happy to welcome them to our receptions in Beijing and Shanghai, which were both located in impressive venues with an incredible view of the ongoing expansion of these megacities. We look forward to building our relationships with our young Chinese alumni in the coming years.

Brexit means Brexit,
but those in APAC shouldn’t be worried.

Anand Menon on the tour

Our alumni audiences in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore heard from Brexit expert and Director of the UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Anand Menon.

Professor Menon is a regular on BBC Breakfast, and he delivered a series of engaging presentations on Brexit, and what this means for the UK’s future. It is his belief that the effect on the region will be minimal. He feels that the Asia-Pacific region has a much bigger fish to fry, including the changing role of China in the region, and the anticipated impact of the Trump administration’s foreign policy.

Despite the doom and gloom portrayed in the media, there will be a lot of opportunities for Asian markets to engage with the UK and he painted a positive outlook for the future.

International communities
are at the heart of King's new vision

Asia Tour King's 2029

King’s international communities are key to the fulfilment of our new Strategic Vision, and a critical part of our global ambitions. Indeed, our new Strategic Vision explicitly articulates King’s aims to create an international community that serves the world.

Many of alumni are already serving their communities and society in brave and ambitious ways, but our new vision provides renewed focus.  King’s alumni committees in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore are some of the earliest established King’s communities outside of the UK, and they continue to expand and engage with their local alumni populations.

Get connected

>>If you would like to be connected with your local alumni committee or international alumni leader, please visit our alumni groups, where you will find key contacts and information.