University of East Anglia celebrates 46th anniversary around the world
Fri, 18 Sep 2009
From Buenos Aires to Kathmandu, hundreds of former students around the globe will be coming together to celebrate the University of East Anglia's 46th anniversary on Tuesday, September 29.
A total of 46 locations across 25 countries have confirmed alumni celebration events and the number is increasing daily.
As well as a get-together on campus, reunions are set to take place as far afield as Australia, Bangladesh, Mexico, Tunisia, Pakistan and China.
It is expected that more than 500 former students worldwide will take part in the event including nearly 100 in London.
A reunion taking pace in the Graduate Bar on campus will see some of the university's very first students, who started in 1964, in attendance to view how the campus has changed.
Meanwhile a group of 22 graduates in Botswana, 13 of who now work for the Botswana government, will be meeting up. The alumni at this reunion will be joined by a representative of the British Council which has helped to fund students.
In Hong Kong the solicitor general, Ian Wingfield, who studied in the school of Economics and Social Studies and graduated in 1967, will be holding a reunion with friends.
In Dhaka, the ambassador for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangladesh will be meeting fellow alumni over a meal. Ingebjorg Stofring studied International Development at the university for a year starting in 1986.
Meanwhile alumni in Sydney, Australia, will be partying on a rooftop bar overlooking the Opera House.
And in London several families of graduates have been in touch where alumni parents will be celebrating with their children who are also graduates.
The events have been organised with help from alumni relations officer Briony McArdle. She said: "Reunions provide the perfect opportunity to meet with old friends and other alumni in your own country, whilst reminiscing over shared memories time spent at UEA. As well as meeting new people and finding out up-to-date information on the university, the reunions will also enable feedback on how the alumni office and schools can best help future generations of students, particularly while gearing up to celebrate the University's 50th anniversary in 2013.
"The university is immensely proud of the continued support from our alumni, many of whom we are looking forward to celebrating the 46th anniversary with."
Former students who would like to get involved can find out more about events in their region, or part of the world at www.uea.ac.uk/alumni. The celebration on campus starts at 6.30pm in the Graduate Bar.