CEIBS European alumni reunion serves up life-long memories
September 6, 2022. Zurich, Switzerland – For the first time in three years, the CEIBS European Alumni Reunion took place offline at our Zurich campus this past weekend. The event was an opportunity for the school’s alumni to socialize, network and sharpen their skills together with their fellow peers and was hosted by CEIBS Vice President and Dean Ding Yuan.
“The impact of a business school is decided by a symbiosis of its alumni and its faculty [...] and CEIBS alumni are actively engaged in all areas of society and make continuous contributions to the development of China and the world,” CEIBS Zurich Campus CEO Dr. Robert Straw said during his opening speech.
The reunion welcomed alumni from all over the globe and was also a chance for those in the CEIBS community to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
“Seeing our alumni gathering at the Zurich campus and witnessing the social power of the CEIBS alumni community as well as their knowledge exchange has been very energizing and inspiring,” said CEIBS’ new Alumni & Partnership Manager for Europe Georgina Childs.
For alumni who had attended previous reunions, many of the items on the agenda were both familiar and fresh, including social gatherings and learning sessions with CEIBS Professors Katherine Xin, Jeff Sampler and Gianfranco Siciliano. Alumni and representatives from organizations such as Bordier & Cie Banquiers Privés, Daimler AG, Ringier, Dow, Societe Generale, Swiss Re and Women in Sustainable Finance (WISF) also contributed to the various sessions.
The reunion also featured a range of workshops on topics such as the future of work, Web3, women on boards, sustainability, mastering innovation and leading high-performance teams. The first night of the event then wrapped up with a visit to the renowned Zunfthaus in the heart of Zurich and an enjoyable dinner party.
The second day of the reunion included a focus on health and well-being. An early morning lakeside walk and yoga session helped refresh mind and spirit and created the ideal start to the day for a special breakfast talk.
“I’m impressed by the strength of the CEIBS alumni community across the world. I’ve moved to multiple countries and continents now and I’ve always been able to tap into the alumni network there for new opportunities or even to get perspectives and learnings from alumni in my own and other industries,” CEIBS MBA 2016 alum Rohan K. said, reflecting on the time at the reunion.
The two-day event wrapped up with alumni collecting a special reunion gift bag. Many then set off for Brussels and Paris to participate in the CEIBS Insights Europe Forum events this week.
Visit our events page for details about other upcoming CEIBS events and keep an eye out for our 2023 alumni reunion as well!