UWS congratulates new Alumni at offshore graduations

Hong Kong graduations 

Over a hundred offshore University of Western Sydney students have been welcomed into the Alumni Community as they celebrated graduation with their families in their home countries in Asia.

The ceremonies and Alumni events were held in Vietnam and Hong Kong for students who completed nursing and business degrees with partner institutions Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City.

Following the ceremonies, new, expatriate and local alumni joined UWS Executives for an Alumni Dinner in Hong Kong and a Gala Welcome Dinner in Ho Chi Minh City.

In Hong Kong, the University of Western Sydney's long-standing partnership with Hong Kong Baptist University's School of Continuing Education now spans 24 years, with over 4,000 alumni.

The UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover, who travelled to Asia for the events, says graduation is a special milestone for students and their loved ones.

"It is a time to reflect on your achievements and celebrate with friends, family and all those who have supported you throughout your studies," Professor Glover told the graduates.

"Graduation is not the end of your educational journey but rather a stepping stone to a lifetime of learning opportunities as alumni."

The UWS Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold told the graduates the University of Western Sydney is proud of their achievements.

"Graduates are important ambassadors for the University and we hope, as their life progresses, that they will give back to UWS and to wider society," he says.

"We have high expectations for the contribution that they will be able to make as alumni, beyond their family lives and careers, to the broader community."

The events in Ho Chi Minh City also highlighted how UWS is providing opportunities for students to gain a global perspective, with a group of visiting Australian students joining the celebrations and getting a taste of life after university during their coinciding trip to Vietnam.

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10 December 2014

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer

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