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The University of Strathclyde, which was named the United Kingdom’s University of the Year in the 2012 Times Higher Education Awards, will shortly be forming a student alumni group in Singapore. This was announced during  the Alumni Networking and Strathclyde Business School event held at YMCA of Singapore on 14 Mar 2013. The event which attracted over 100 participants, was graced by University of Strathclyde’s Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Jim McDonald and YMCA of Singapore’s President, Mr Stephen Loh.

(Left to right)
• Dr Ron Bradfield – Associate Dean (MBA) and Director, Strathclyde Business School UAE
• Professor Andrew Goudie –Special Adviser to the Principal and Visiting Professor University of Strathclyde
• Ms Lynette Yeo – Assistant General Secretary, YMCA of Singapore
• Professor Graeme Burt – Director of the University of Strathclyde’s Institute for Energy and Environment
• Mr Ng Kian Seng – General Secretary, YMCA of Singapore
• Professor Rein Ulijn – WestCHEM Chair and Vice Dean Research (Science)
• Mr Stephen Loh – President, YMCA of Singapore
• Professor Sir Jim McDonald – Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Strathclyde
• Mr Hugh Hall – Chief Operating Officer
• Mr Jay Tan – General Manager, YMCA Education Centre Limited

Mr Kevin Neo, Vice-President elect of the University of Strathclyde Alumni Singapore (USAS) said, “One of the objectives for setting up of the USAS is to build a lifelong relationship with the University of Strathclyde by encouraging close interaction and strengthening connections between the University and its alumni population. At the same time it would help establish a social network for its members to encourage and organise educational, social, cultural, sporting and civic activities deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee”.

In the pipeline is the development of signature events through which USAS hopes to attract alumni, students and staff to come together.  One such initiative is a series of professional development and executive training programmes.

Following the opening remarks by University Principal, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, speakers from the university shared their areas of expertise through presentations. They included:

•    Professor Graeme Burt, a professor of electrical power systems within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, where he co-directs the Institute for Energy and Environment, one of the largest centres for academic research in electrical power engineering in Europe.  Professor Burt outlined some of the work that positions Strathclyde as a leader in the field of Power and Energy.

•    Dr Ron Bradfield, an Associate Dean for the Global MBA and Director of SBS campuses in the UAE.  Before moving to the UAE where he is now based, Ron spent 6 years here in Singapore and 3 years in Shanghai managing the International MBA centres in Asia. Dr Bradfield spoke about some of SBSs recent successes.

•    Professor Rein Ulijn is Vice Dean Research for the Strathclyde’s Faculty of Science.  The holder of a number of prestigious awards Rein is recognised on the international stage for his research into peptide gel technologies, which he covered during his talk.

The highly successful event also featured a buffet reception, providing participants with lots of opportunities for networking and sharing of experiences.

The University of Strathclyde Business School MBA, offered in Singapore since 1989, is among the first MBAs to be offered in Singapore. Offered exclusively at YMCA Education Services since 2009, the University of Strathclyde has an alumni of over 900 graduates in Singapore, including Mr Inderjit Singh, founder of United Test and Assembly Centre and Member of Parliament for 16 years; Mr Jack Sim, creator of SaniShop and founder of the World Toilet Organization; and Mr Saw Ken Wye, Vice President, Public Sector, Asia at Microsoft.

Strathclyde is one of only 57 (or 1%) business schools in the world to have triple accreditation by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.  The MBA programme is among the top 100 courses in the Financial Times Global MBA rankings.

For more information on the University of Strathclyde Business School MBA offered at the YMCA Education Centre, please visit http://www.ymca.edu.sg/tertiary

by Meyappan Adaikalam, Senior Executive – Tertiary at YMCA Education Centre, Singapore