The teachers from BiMBA and graduates working in three northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Jilin gathered on November 18 through 19, 2011, at the conference room of Liaoning Hanking Group, discussing the establishment of BiMBA Northeast China Alumni Association. Chinese Dean Hu Dayuan at BiMBA, Professor Xue Zhaofeng, Director Liu Changyan of Alumni and Career Development, and Zhang Cuizhu attended the event.
On the afternoon of November 18, in spite of the snow storm outside, some graduates travelled a long way to the meeting venue. Director Liu Changyan welcomed and thanked them for coming before introducing the meeting agenda. Professor Xue Zhaofeng of National School of Development (NSD) and Law School at Peking University as well as co-director of PKU Institute for Law and Economics (ILE) talked about some hot economic topics, which all participants found both informative and inspiring.
Dean Hu then introduced the latest achievements in academic research and teaching as well as the vision of the NSD, which brought back good memories for the graduates. The School recently offered a series of new selective courses and the dean encouraged the graduates to keep learning in the fields so as to make it a lifetime education at BiMBA. Professor Hu invited them to visit the new campus at Chengze Garden outside the west gate of Peking University, a venue with a long history of nearly three centuries and used to be the residence of the seventeenth son of Emperor Kangxi during Qing Dynasty. In comparison with Langrun Campus, which used to be the official residence of the seventeenth son of Emperor Qianlong, the new one is ten times bigger and will witness the rapid growth of the School at its completion.
On the morning of November 19, the graduates and the staff held a meeting discussing the preparation of setting up BiMBA Northeast China Alumni Association. Director Liu pointed out that this was the common wish of all the graduates working in the area and that it would pool regional resources to extend the influence of both NSD and BiMBA and to make contributions to regional development. All BiMBA graduates are eager to share what they have learned at Peking University with others so that more will benefit from the knowledge and the culture. On the other hand, they also hoped to do something for BiMBA and other graduates. In a sense, this is a corner stone of all BiMBA alumni associations.
President Li Yingjian of Liaoning Province Alumni Association introduced the one-year operation of the organization, whose steady development was recognized by Dean Hu and Director Liu. Both believed that it was a good start for the founding of three-province alumni association. The participants then communicated their suggestions on the mission, goals, mechanism, and activities of the organization to be founded soon. They hoped that it would be a platform of communications, exchanges, and continued learning.
Dean Hu made the concluding speech. He reviewed the history of the National School of Development and said Justin Lin Yifu and Zhou Qiren were good team leaders because they are benevolent, righteous, visionary, and willing to help others. In order to succeed, a team should gather people with vision, knowledge, and courage, respecting rules and sharing the same philosophy. He hoped the future alumni association should serve the graduates and help them improve their value. “A good reputation is very important to an alumni association,” he said. This means the organization should help the members in need. To decide the quality of an association, the number of members is less important than its credit. When an organization grows, its operation cost will increase accordingly and the management will be more difficult. The key is to have common interests so that everyone can benefit from it. He also promised that NSD and BiMBA would provide all the supports available, including the services provided by Alumni and Career Development. As a result, apart from two-year study at BiMBA, the graduates are actually entitled to continuous services, including some targeting at their next generation.