By Wang Yazhen
In order to enhance the communications among the alumni of National School of Development (NSD) in North America, the first North America NSD Alumni reunion was celebrated on May 13, 2012 at Fordham University, New York. Eighty-seven alumni featuring 96’-08’ classes of graduate, double-major, and BiMBA students in the United States attended the meeting. Professor Ho-Mou Wu, Vice-president of NSD, Professor John Yang, Dean of BiMBA, and Ms. Maria Chai, Deputy Director of Department of Career Development and Alumni Relations were in attendance. Ms. Guiying Xing, Director of Graduate Program hosted the reunion.
The registration began at 11:30 a.m. with delightful and cheerful laugh and chatting filling out the sunshine glass hut. The celebration started with a warm welcome speech delivered by Professor Wu. He addressed the rapid development of NSD and its devotion in the exploration of the building of national wealth since its establishment in 2008. NSD, based on the former China Center for Economic Research (CCER), has been growing into a comprehensive research institution consisting of five major centers-- CCER, Healthy Aging and Family Studies, China Macroeconomic Research Center, Institute for Law and Economics, Center for Human Capital and Policy, and Center for Energy and Development, winning a world-wide reputation in these research areas. He also expressed wishes that alumni in North America would concern more about the future development of their mother school. Followed by that, Professor Yang made a brief introduction of the history of Beijing International MBA at Peking University (BiMBA) and its high reputation in the related field. He emphasized that BiMBA has made great contribution as to the cultivation of senior executive administrators with both a global perspective and local experiences. Professor Yang also encouraged all attendants to value the opportunity of working and living in the United States and pointed out that the combination of the elements of innovation rooted in American culture and perseverance in Chinese culture would ultimately contribute to individual development and a successful career. In addition, Ms. Chai and Ms. Xing suggested that the alumni in North America help each other with their career development by sharing their experiences and information in job market.
At the end of the event, the North American NSD Alumni Association of a group of six alumni living in the United States was established in response to the common wish of all attendants who believed that an alumni association as an official channel was a necessary arrangement for the communication of alumni and celebration of future reunions.
This event provided a wonderful opportunity for alumni to reconnect with classmates, to reminisce about their time in NSD, and to share their life stories. It served as an effective communicative platform to the alumni in the United States to learn about the development of NSD and to exchange ideas.