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UCLA chancellor focuses on alumni relations, Taiwan connections

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Reunion Cocktail Reception was held at the American Club Taipei last night with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Plastpro founder and CEO Shirley Wang addressing their hopes of a more connected alumni network in Taiwan and around the world.

Dozens of UCLA alumni from Taiwan gathered at the reception, recalling old times in the U.S. PPMG Group Ltd. General Manager Dawson Tang, National Tsing-Hua University professor Wong Kin-wah and Forte Hotel Group Chairman Benjamin Liao, were among the attendants.

Shirley Wang, also a board member of the UCLA Foundation, in her address recounted her good memories of UCLA. Wang said she had a roommate from Mexico, who had been an illegal immigrant once, and was able to share her unique experience with Wang. “Without UCLA, I would not have had the opportunity to know such diversity,” Wang said. She continued by saying she is looking forward to “UCLA becoming more cohesive on supporting its alumni and making connections in Taiwan.”

Chancellor Block said in his short address that UCLA is embarking on the challenges of transforming its research endeavors and alumni connections. Block said UCLA is the place “where you come study once, but we give you a lifetime warranty.”

Block was referring to UCLA's close relations with its alumni, which fosters student networking after graduation. This not only assists alumni with their careers, but also strengthens the alumni network around the world. Block said there will be more alumni events and activities held around the world, including in Taiwan, and that “UCLA will come here more often.”

Block had earlier met President Ma Ying-jeou to discuss cultural exchange and cooperation opportunities. UCLA will join efforts to promote Taiwanese arts and culture by taking part in a four-year promotional project launched in late January by the Taiwan government.

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Chancellor Gene Block addresses the UCLA Reunion Cocktail Reception at the American Club Taipei, yesterday. Block said UCLA is taking on new challenges, not only to transform its research endeavors, but also to strengthen its alumni network around the world, including in Taiwan. (John Liu, The China Post)

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