‘The End of Global Free Trade?’ University of Hull Alumni Reception in Hong Kong

On Thursday 12th April the University of Hull was delighted to welcome an enthusiastic audience of over 80 alumni and friends to a lively event at the Harbourview Hotel, Hong Kong. Guests were greeted with a glass of champagne and the beautiful sound of a local harpist as they embarked on an evening of networking and thought-provoking debate over delicious canapes.



It was the University of Hull connection that brought together a diverse audience, with attendees renewing old acquaintances and forging new connections. Many guests were pleased to say hello to Hong Kong Alumni Group Leader Michael Leung, who greeted everyone with warm smiles and his usual charisma and passion for Hull and the University.

Professor Christopher H. Bovis encouraged a lively conversation after delivering his keynote speech, which tackled the hot topic of free trade. Professor Bovis offered valuable insight into the new global trading order and provided specific insights into the growing worldwide backlash against free trade and globalisation.

Over the course of the evening alumni heard from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Susan Lea, who had recorded a special video message explaining the unique attraction of the University of Hull and why she was excited by the opportunity to develop and implement our ambitious strategy for the future. Guests also heard speeches from Professor Glenn Burgess, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor Kathryn Haynes, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law & Politics.

As the speeches finished alumni were encouraged to complete feedback cards to further discuss what they would like to see from the University in the future and we hope to incorporate all of this feedback into planning the 2019 Reception.

That some alumni had even travelled from Japan, Malaysia and Oman to attend the evening’s event is testament to the outstanding commitment and energy of our alumni. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of you and look forward to seeing you at next year’s reception, where we will once again celebrate our passionate and supportive University of Hull community.

Professor Christopher H. Bovis with Hong Kong Alumni Group Leader Michael Leung

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