Alumni around the world celebrate University's founding 

Alumni celebrate in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaIn May, around 700 alumni and friends of the University of Sheffield celebrated Charter Day, the anniversary of the founding of the University by Royal Charter on 31 May 1905, in our first ever global alumni event.

Taking place across 22 countries, the celebration formed part of the University’s award-winning #WeAreInternational campaign, which is dedicated to ensuring that international students’ enormous contribution to the city’s economy and culture is recognised.

Charter Day in turn gave international graduates the opportunity to celebrate the contribution Sheffield has made to their own lives. Alumna Shaili Joachim, organiser of the event in Chennai, India, said:

“It was wonderful to hear about everyone’s experiences and the impact the University has had on their lives. For a moment there, I felt l was back at the University and I am honestly more inspired to visit Sheffield again!”

Alumni celebrate in Hong Kong

Alumni celebrate in the Netherlands

Alumni celebrate in Nigeria

With 36 events taking place around the world, alumni celebrated their University in a variety of ways. In Abuja, Nigeria, alumni met up for an afternoon of games and a discussion about the role of Sheffield alumni in implementing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, alumni of the University’s International Faculty in Eastern Europe gathered in Thessaloniki, Skopje, Kosovo and Belgrade for dinners and drinks. Back in Sheffield, alumni were treated to a tour of the Diamond, Sheffield’s brand new Engineering building, which at £81 million is the University’s biggest ever investment in learning and teaching.

A truly global event, Charter Day gave Sheffield graduates worldwide the opportunity to celebrate their international community of alumni. In its 111 year history, the University of Sheffield has granted degrees to students from over 180 countries and in January 2016 was named as one of the 'most international' universities by The Times Higher Education.

Alumni celebrate in the USA

Alumni celebrate in Malaysia

Alumni celebrate in India

SK. Golam Mahbub, a Law graduate who went to the Charter Day event in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said:

“Sheffield is a place where international students forget they have come to a foreign country. It accepts international students as they are accepted by their own country’s universities.”

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