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New Principal and Vice-Chancellor’s tour of the Far East and Middle East

Tuesday 06 December 2016

Prior to her formal Installation, Professor Sally Mapstone – our new Principal and Vice-Chancellor – undertook a tour of the Far East and Middle East to meet many of our alumni and friends there.

The tour began on 16 November when 100 friends and supporters of St Andrews gathered to welcome Professor Mapstone in Beijing during a reception generously hosted by St Andrews alumna Dame Barbara Woodward (MA 1983), British Ambassador to China.‌

The following evening around 50 of our graduates and friends listened to Professor Mapstone describe her first term in office at a special event at the China Club in Hong Kong.

The University’s Hong Kong Foundation was set up in 2015 and we are delighted that the first Hong Kong Scholar took up their place in St Andrews in September 2016.

We hope that we can build on the generosity of donors in the area to support further scholarship opportunities for Hong Kong students to study in St Andrews in the future.

Finally, graduates and supporters based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were invited to attend a reception at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi, generously hosted by Ambassador Philip Parham. Professor Mapstone was delighted to present a gift to the Alumni Club based in the UAE, which was accepted by graduate H. H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

This trip gave the new Principal an opportunity to meet with the University’s many friends and supporters in the Far East and Middle East. It also helped to promote the work of the University to international colleagues and to build on the strong networks of alumni and friends in these areas. Professor Mapstone was travelling with Dr Anne Mullen, Vice-Principal International and Robert Fleming, Director of Development.

Professor Mapstone summarised the tour in her Installation Address:

“The splendid alumni I met during this trip in Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, unfailingly expressed an extraordinary warmth and affection for what St Andrews is. They spoke of St Salvator’s Quad, they spoke of the four streets, of the library, of their tutors, of the sea, the pier walk, Raisin Sunday, and Monday, of golf and golf courses, and of fudge doughnuts.”