Following on from the success of our inaugural visit to Hong Kong in 2013, University of the Arts London’s Development and Alumni Relations team were delighted to have the opportunity to visit the dazzling metropolis once again to host the second UAL Alumni & Friends Reception. Thanks to generous support from Mr Adrian Cheng, New World Group Charity Foundation and the K11 Art Foundation, we were able to start this year’s visit to the Far East with a trip also to Shanghai for our first major event in this important city.

Alumni, students, staff, prospective students and friends were all invited to these very special evenings which saw the opportunity to learn (thanks to workshops throughout the day run by Student Recruitment and SEE), meet new friends and academics, network with industry professionals, find out more about our international alumni network and hear the latest news from across UAL.

Activities kicked off on the 25th April in Shanghai’s chi K11 Art Space. Over 200 guests descended on the gallery and were welcomed by the evening’s hosts, UAL Pro Vice-Chancellors Professor Chris Wainwright (CCW), Professor Frances Corner OBE (LCF) and Natalie Brett (LCC). Guests were treated to exclusive tours around the current exhibition Master of Impressionism- Claude Monet, the first exhibition of the painter’s work in China.

The evening celebrated the launch of UAL’s official Shanghai Alumni Association, to be led by London College of Communication alumnus, Oliver Pearce. Oliver has been doing a brilliant job over the last couple of years uniting alumni based in Shanghai and we hope the official announcement of this important group will further enhance the local network and strengthen links between the University and Shanghai.