ICAAHK was registered as a society exactly 40 years ago today! Since 1982, we have collectively seen and contributed to the development of the association from an idea, a vision, to now a community connecting 800 members coming from all walks of life, but sharing the same roots - as proud graduates from Imperial College London.
We are immensely grateful for the support from our alumni, our members, and our Executive Committees over the last 40 years. At ICAAHK, we pledge to continue serving our members and delivering our mission:
Strengthen Imperial ties;
Empower members; and
Promote social value creation
As we launch this 40th anniversary celebration online, let's take a walk down memory lane:
1982: Establishment of the Imperial College Alumni Association of Hong Kong
The ICAAHK was established in 1982 through the encouragement of Lord Flowers, the Rector at that time. It was strongly supported by Sir Eric Ash, Lord Oxburgh, Sir Richard Sykes, and Sir Keith O'Nions. The first Chairman of the Association was Dr S L Chen, CBE, JP, renowned engineer, business executive and politician.
2007: ICAAHK Endowment Fund
In 2007, Imperial College marked its Centenary year, commemorating 100 years of providing elite higher education for future leaders in the science, technology, medicine and business fields. In celebration of this great achievement, the ICAAHK introduced an Endowment Fund with an annual scholarship to recognise outstanding new undergraduate students from Hong Kong joining Imperial College London.
2007: ICAAHK Centenary Gala Dinner
As part of Imperial's global celebration of its 100 years of living science, a gala dinner was held at Island Shangri-La Hotel. Stephen Bradley, British Consul-General for Hong Kong, and Sir Richard Sykes, then-Rector of Imperial College, were among the 250 distinguished guests at the event.
2013: ICAAHK Mentoring Programme in partnership with Imperial College students
The ICAAHK Mentoring Programme is a joint programme established by the ICAAHK and student-run society Imperial College Public Awareness and Social Service Society (ICPASS), and later joined by the Imperial College Chinese Society (ICCS). Every year, we match student mentees to dedicated mentors based on their academic background and career aspirations, and organise at least two events to encourage communications and exchange among mentors and mentees.
This year, ICAAHK's theme is Celebrating Alumni Achievements, and we've introduced a new online campaign "Alumni of the Month" featuring interviews of Imperial alum across backgrounds and ages. Visit this page to read all the alumni stories!
Last but not the least, let us give a shout-out to the amazing ICAAHK Committee and Patrons, without which we wouldn't be enjoying the events and content that we have today. It has been a pleasure working with the diverse and talented team. Please stay tuned for upcoming events!
(This is just part of the amazing committee - we haven't been able to meet for a group photo since the pandemic 5th wave...)