Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai connections

In May, Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Vice-Chancellor Prof Roy Crawford led a delegation overseas to Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai to further the University of Waikato's interests in international connectedness and recruitment, and to host alumni and friends events in both cities.

The delegation also included the Pro Vice-Chancellor International, the Deans of Science and Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Law, and the Director of Development.  High-level meetings were held with a number of key universities, including the University of Malaya, the University of Kuala Lumpur, Sunway University, the Shanghai International Studies University, Fudan University, Tongji University and JJL - Waikato's top recruiter in China.

To hear the Vice-Chancellor talk about the trip and its successful outcomes, click here.

Kuala Lumpur - 19 May

Helmy Had Sabtu
The Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor together with His Excellency David Pine, New Zealand High Commissioner to Kuala Lumpur, hosted an alumni and friends event at the High Commissioner's Residence.  In addition to speeches by University leaders, participants were fortunate to also hear from Waikato alumnus, Helmy Had Sabtu (pictured), who graduated with a Bachelor of Management Studies in 1989.

In his speech, Helmy said he was grateful that Waikato prepared him to succeed. He credits the four-year BMS programme for setting him apart from other job-seekers and enabling him to hit the ground running and utilise his skills and knowledge.  

"What differentiated us from the others is that when we started working, we managed to not just walk - we managed to run, and we were immediately contributing."  Helmy points to the fact that at Waikato, he was industry-trained and managed to do "quite well" - further helping him in his post-graduation job search.

In 2001 Helmy returned to New Zealand to visit the University of Waikato - proudly showing his family the beautiful campus.  He'll be back this year to watch the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup - a feat last achieved when Helmy was still a student at Waikato.

After working for Maybank, Malaysia's largest banking institution, for over 17 years, Helmy now runs his own financial and business consultancy firm.

Click here to view the KL event photo gallery.

Shanghai - 24 May

John Allen and Jim Bolger
Waikato alumni and friends in Shanghai were welcomed to a networking event with the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, co-hosted by New Zealand Consul-General Michael Swain - a former Waikato student.

Also attending were several members of the New Zealand diplomatic corps, including CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Allen (pictured with Jim Bolger, who also spoke at the event); Carl Worker, New Zealand Ambassador to China; and Pat English, Waikato Alumnus and New Zealand Consul-General in Guangzhou. 

It was great to have so many alumni and friends turn out in support of their University to network and reminisce.

Click here to view the Shanghai event photo gallery.