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Principal's US Trip highlights

US Trip 2012

View photos of the events in our Boston, New York, and Washington DC galleries.

In October we made our annual trip to visit King’s US alumni on the east coast. During a whistle-stop tour of Boston, New York and Washington DC, we hosted three alumni events with King’s Principal and President, Professor Sir Richard Trainor. It was fantastic to see so many alumni at one, or even two, of our receptions, to hear what you’ve been up to since you left King’s, and to see many of you sporting our Reggie lapel pins. We heard love stories and success stories, and reminiscences about Reggie. We told families about our ‘house on the Strand’, and even welcomed a crop of this year’s graduates into the warmth of our US alumni community.

The theme of the trip was ‘2012 - the world at a crossroads’. This has been a significant year for the US. The presidential election and huge efforts to pull the economy out of recession raised some issues concerning power and leadership worldwide. These are issues tackled by our World questions|King’s answers campaign and so our events focused on the campaign themes of Leadership & society and Global power.

At The Harvard Club in Boston we held an event with King’s Vice-Principal and Professor of War Studies, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, who gave a talk on Europe’s view of America’s military strategy. Our event at The Yale Club of New York City was held on the same night as the second Presidential debate and the atmosphere was exciting as we watched the debate together. Before this we heard alumna Susan Gilchrist, Chief Executive of the corporate communications Brunswick Group, talk about the new rules of engagement for big business. She spoke 'in conversation’ with Professor Freedman. This provided a lively dynamic to which the audience responded with interesting questions and comments. At our last stop, in Washington DC, alumnus Sean Hagan, General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund, talked about the recovery of the European economy.

At the receptions following our events we heard wonderful stories from our alumni. We met a mother who is travelling to London - her daughter is having such a good time at King’s that she won’t come back to Boston for Christmas. It was also wonderful to see alumni travel from as far afield as Chicago and San Francisco to attend the events. In Washington DC, Mechanical Engineering graduate Brian Scales brought along his Reggie - specially made in Fiji. It was inspiring to see the pride he had in the Reggie legend and to see him want to share this with his fellow alumni. It was also wonderful to see so many new graduates, some of whom had only returned from King’s a few days before. Their presence infused each event with a wonderful energy.

At each event our audiences were treated to an exclusive preview of our new World questions|King’s answers campaign video, which was met with rapturous applause. We ended the week by announcing the ‘launch’ of the King’s US office in Alexandria, near Washington DC. King’s is the first Russell Group university to open an international office, and it is hoped it will build the profile of King’s in the US, help build global partnerships for research collaboration, and encourage mobility of staff and students.


The Alumni Team

Join us in New York for a networking drinks events on 29 November. Visit the alumni events page for more details.

We will be making another trip, to the east coast, in Autumn 2013 and will also be hosting more events in other cities across the US.




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