Embassy reception for Japanese alumni

Nearly 100 Leeds alumni, together with 40 other guests, attended a reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Tokyo, making it the largest event of this kind staged by the University in Japan.

Guest of honour was Dr Shuhei Toyoda, President of Toyota Boshoku Corporation and Leeds alumnus.  Also present were the British Ambassador Mr David Warren, Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur, International Director Dr Judith Lamie, Professor Mark Williams Head of School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Professor Tony Hartley Research Professor in Translation Studies, Adam Getliff Programme Manager (International), Enterprise & Innovation Office and Aiko Mizumori University of Leeds Japan Representative.

"The event went extremely well. We were delighted to see so many of our alumni, as well as guests from commercial and educational institutions and some of our students who are currently studying in Japan," said Dr Lamie.  "Celebrating the recent successes of the University and communicating our overall vision and ambitions for the future will really help us to build stronger relationships with our alumni - especially those living near Tokyo.

"Our alumni are important ambassadors and we want to actively engage them in raising the profile of Leeds in Japan. They can offer valuable connections within industry and education, and an occasion such as this reception offers an opportunity to find out more about their careers and how the University might work with them in the future."

The University is currently in touch with more than 1,000 alumni across Japan, some 450 of whom live in the greater Tokyo region. 

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