Pro-Vice-Chancellor and colleagues visit Japanese alumni
By: Amy Stevens
Last updated: Monday, 6 December 2010
Sussex alumni in Japan have come together for the last in a series of international alumni events this term. Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Chris Marlin, was joined by Assistant Head of International Liaison, Victoria Shaw, and Head of the School of Global Studies, Professor Richard Black, to welcome graduates to the events in Tokyo and Osaka.
The events, planned by the Development and Alumni Relations Office, were hosted by representatives from the University of Sussex Alumni Association in Japan (USAAJ), an alumni group which has been growing steadily since it was formed in the early nineties.
Professor Marlin commented: 'The University is immensely proud of its alumni network in Japan, which is one of the largest and most active of any UK university. On this occasion, we were honoured to meet with almost 60 graduates in Tokyo and Osaka, and to hear their experiences spanning decades of the University's history. It is clear that Sussex alumni value their experience at the University and its impact on their lives. We'd like to particularly express our gratitude to the University of Sussex Alumni Association in Japan - for their work providing information and advice to new students and their enthusiastic support of Sussex over many years.'
In addition to the alumni events, Professor Marlin and his colleagues held meetings with individual universities to develop institutional partnerships in Japan for student/staff exchange and research collaboration. Professor Marlin also attended the Second Japan-UK Higher Education Symposium in Fukuoka, which provided an opportunity for Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Vice-Chancellors from both countries to discuss the internationalisation of universities based on a shared vision and strong interest in deepening strategic and sustainable cooperation.