11 March 1998

The University of Queensland will hold a convocation event at the Hotel Furama, Connaught Road, Hong Kong on Tuesday March 17 at 7.30pm to acknowledge the achievements of new graduates in the presence of alumni, family and friends.

A total of 22 recent graduates will be presented to University Chancellor Sir Llewellyn Edwards at the convocation ceremonies.

Hong Kong alumni association president Linda Lee will speak at the ceremony.

Sir Llewellyn, University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hay, University Secretary and Registar Douglas Porter and University Director, Graduate Relations Dr Bill Richmond will also speak at the event, which will be followed by a cocktail reception.

In 1996 alumni associations were formed in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong to represent the interests of about 1000 graduates and help them maintain contact with the University. About 400 graduates are listed on the University's convocation roll for Hong Kong.

Sir Llewellyn said the University had witnessed a remarkable growth in the diversity of its student body, particularly in offering places to scholars from the great centres of Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

'Knowledge and scholarship are not restricted by national boundaries and we see ourselves as an international institution, very much enhanced by the interaction of staff and students of different cultures,' he said.

'This ceremony also signifies the University's willingness to participate positively within the Asian region.'

He said for a student to travel to a university in another country demonstrated a true commitment to education.

For further information contact: Ms Karen Welsh, University Protocol Officer, care of the Hotel Furama, Connaught Road, Hong Kong - tel 2525 5111 (Monday March 16 to Wednesday, March 18).

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