Your GAC Celebrations around the globe

23/03/2015

Our 2015 Global Alumni Celebration (GAC) has been a huge success, with guest numbers expected to exceed 600 once our last three events occur this week.

 

This year we kicked off GAC back where it all began at MBS Carlton in the courtyard for a staff lunch. We hope you saw the photos of us celebrating before some of us flew out to join you for your individual events.

Brisbane once again claimed the first official alumni GAC celebration title with alumni meeting for a hot plated breakfast at the renowned Queensland Club. This was the first of 35 celebrations to take place around the world.

Shanghai saw more than 20 local alumni and 38 of the full time current MBA students in discussion with some of Shanghai’s leading entrepreneurs and business people including our own Jung Goh (MBA 2000). We were lucky enough to have a couple of prospective MBA students also join us after their Shanghai information night.​

MBS Principal Fellow, Dr Sam Wylie presented to more than 160 alumni at the ANZ Building in the Docklands for the Melbourne event, thanks to our friends at the Melbourne Alumni Chapter and the ANZ Alumni Corporate Chapter for this event.

Jeni Oye (SEMBA 2014) from the Customer Experience Company presented to our alumni and friends in Sydney on the application of design thinking in business while out in the wild west, Dean Zeger Degraeve and Alumni Relations Director, Tristan Alltimes celebrated with our strong alumni community of Western Australia.

So far we have highlighted our larger numbers of alumni coming together, however some of the smaller events happening around the world are where we truly have the most impact. Notably, San Francisco Alumni Chapter managed to get 10 alumni downtown for a two course dinner – let’s hope we see this Chapter grow in activity throughout the year. Thanks for your efforts around this Josh Bradshaw!

A group also gathered in Santiago for drinks and India hosted three separate GAC events; Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi, connecting a total of 25 alumni collectively. We also had a few meet in Paris and a small group in London at the Queens Head and Artichoke for drinks and tapas – special mention to those who made the journey in on crutches! That’s real dedication.

We discovered we have alumni in Boston – so we connected people who didn’t know the other existed, new friends were also formed in Vancouver, Delhi and Pakistan. We have always struggled to locate other alumni living in Lahore, however this year, alumni from other parts of the country were keen to reach out and be in contact with Masoor, our volunteer located there, so this is a great result.

Celebrations aren’t over yet – Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore join forces this week with our corporate event series, the Dean’s Leaders Forum. These events will feature presentations from prominent regional business professionals and will be hosted by Zeger. All three events have received strong registrations and we wish you all the best if you are attending.

A huge thank you to all our alumni volunteers. This event is run by you for the benefit of all our community and we cannot thank you enough. The energy, enthusiasm, dedication and ongoing support from our global volunteers is invaluable.

This has been a fantastic start to 2015! We encourage you all to not leave it to once a year to connect with your fellow alumni or MBS community. We are introducing more global events through our alumni chapters this year, so keep in touch and we hope to see you at another MBS event soon.

A full gallery of photos from the events will be published soon. In the meantime, see some that have already come in on our Facebook page.