We have had many distinguished Harvard alums and visitors participate in our events over the past two years, including Dean Allan Brandt of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi of Graduate School of Design, Senior Associate Dean David Yoffie of Business School, Assistant Dean Logan McCarty of the Office of Undergraduate Education , Professor William Kirby, and Professor Stephen Buka. We were also fortunate to have had distinguished alums such as former US Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and Harvard Club of Japan’s vice president Paul Tange visit Taiwan and meet our alums here.
I believe that the best way for alums to network is through participating in club event. As such, the Harvard Club hosted many events over the past two years to allow our alums to meet new alums and guests from outside Taiwan.
The Ivy League Schools’ Ball, an annual event for the 8 Ivy League School (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale) alums to get together since 2005, continues to grow in popularity with over 500 people participating each year.
The Ivy Ball provides fun and opportunity for alums to renew friendship amongst other alums during the December festive period. Every year, the 8 Ivy League Schools invite other prestigious US universities to participate as guest schools, and provide our Ivy League School alums to network with other alums from other universities. These guest schools have included Stanford, MIT, Georgetown and MIT. Non US schools, such as United Kingdom’s Cambridge and Oxford and Japan’s Keio and Waseda Universities have been invited to participate as guest universities in Year 2008 and Year 2010. The Ivy League Ball which Harvard Club plays a key role in organization also provide a means for alums to raise money for social causes, such as School Classroom Rebuilding for Aborigine Village (2008), Ethics Lecture Series (2009) and Funding for After School Choir Program for Aborigine Village (2010).
Many of our younger and single alums have voiced their desire to have separate events where they can network among other single alums.For larger scale single parties, our Club partnered with other universities alumni association such as that of Columbia University in which 600 people participated in the event at Far Eastern Hotel in 2009 and in which over 300 people participated in the event at Strike Club in 2010. As these single social gatherings have been successful, we plan to continue to host them more often in the future.
The Harvard Club also remains committed to maintaining communication with Harvard University. In addition to the interviews the Harvard Club does for Harvard for undergraduate students applying to Harvard, the Harvard Club has also welcomed many Harvard College students to come to Taiwan to host activities. We were very honored to have been invited by Harvard College students to participate in the first World Model United Nations conference held in Taipei, Taiwan, where over 1800 students from 200 universities around the world came to participate. The events contained introductory speeches from Taiwan President Ma Ying Jeou and Taipei May or Hau Long Bing and was the first time that Taiwan hosted the World Model United Nations conference. Other Harvard College students continue to hold its annual Harvard Taiwan Leadership Conference here in Taiwan where Harvard College students from the Harvard Taiwanese Cultural Society come to Taiwan to host seminars for local high school students and teach them leadership skills.
We will continue to do my best to foster more networking opportunities for our alums.A new concept which we would adopt soon is the Harvard Table where alums gather for lunch or dinner to hear distinguished local alums talk about their profession. We hope that alums will be able to meet our distinguished alums, get to know them better and exchange ideas.
As information technology becomes more advanced, the Club believes that more and more alums use the web to communicate and network.As such, we will do more to improve our website, including notifying upcoming events and posting career opportunities. If you have not seen our website, we welcome you to take a look. We also welcome any comments to improve our website.
Lastly, if any alums have any suggestions for myself or any of our board directors,we welcome your suggestions and feedback.After all, we, the members of the board directors and supervisors of the Harvard Club are all volunteers and give our time and effort to the Club because we want to make our alumni association a better one. I look forward to serving you all requirement in my founding Harvard club.