FOR some 240 attendees at the University of Hull Alumni Association Christmas Ball 2012, it was a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
Organised in conjunction with the visit of University of Hull Vice- Chancellor Professor Calie Pistorius, and his delegates, the Christmas themed alumni dinner was held at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa, Subang Jaya.
Put together by the University of Hull Alumni Association, Malaysia, the event was a last minute affair to coincide with the one-week visit of Prof Calie and his delegates to the country.
University of Hull Alumni Association Malaysia president Lesley Ng said it was quite a challenge to organise the event within two months.
“We had to scramble and make hundreds of phone calls to our members. But, we could not have done it without the help of Datuk Michael Tio and his team,” said Lesley.
PKT Logistics group chief executive and managing director Datuk Michael Tio said the event was a good opportunity to continue the Hull name in Malaysia.
“I hope the alumni will continue to grow and do bigger things in the years to come,” said Tio amidst a round of applause.
Schenker general manager of airfreight Eddy Wong, who graduated in 2000 with a postgraduate degree in Strategic Marketing, also has high hopes for an increase in the university’s popularity in Malaysia.
“I think many Malaysians will be receptive to the Hull name because it’s such an established university. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll see Hull’s presence here soon,” said Eddy.
Prof Calie, in his opening address, said he was proud of the event’s turnout and is confident that through the efforts of the alumni, Hull’s reputation would continue to prosper.
Guests were entertained throughout the night with jazz music, lucky draws and a sumptuous Chinese dinner.
“We’re very happy with the turnout and glad that everyone had a good time,” said Lesley.