Graduates from 20 of the world's best business schools converged on NSW Parliament House last week to help the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) celebrate its 35th anniversary.
The Global Alumni Mixer event was conceived by a group of passionate alumni and supported by the Australian School of Business to promote 'Business without Borders' and was a culmination of 12 months planning.
The Hon Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of New South Wales, welcomed the animated group to the people's Parliament House and spoke of his enthusiasm for events like this which promoted the value of strong networks and excellence in tertiary education. He said he valued the open relationship his government had with the University of NSW and was proud to be part of a night which celebrated the contribution of graduate business schools around the world.
Dean of the Australian School of Business, Alec Cameron spoke of the value of the worldwide networks of alumni as ambassadors of their Schools and the support they provided in so many ways.
Erudite UNSW Chancellor, David Gonski AC enlightened the audience as he shared his own observations of the top five business challenges facing Australia. Gonski is also Chairman of ASX Ltd, Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and Ingeus Ltd, Director of the Westfield Group and Singapore Airlines.
Gonski named short-termism and Australia's complacency in being the lucky country as some of the issues that need to overcome in order to achieve real economic growth.
Deputy Dean ASB and Director of AGSM Professor Chris Styles said: “With close to 350 alumni of the world’s leading business schools in such a terrific location, it was a very proud moment for all of us involved with the AGSM. That it was driven by the alumni reinforces the fact that the brand is truly owned by the alumni – we are really just the custodians. A great outcome has been the development of relationships with the other global top tier schools – this is the start of a whole range of exciting possibilities.”
The night was about sharing memories and forming new connections in a stately environment. It was a reunion for some, a reforming of alumni bonds for others and a new canvas onto which to etch new friendships for all,” said Darren Rudd, President of the Sydney Branch Committee..
As part of their whirl-wind Australian Tour, renowned international entertainers, the Harvard Din &Tonics were a huge hit with the crowd and were the icing on the cake of a wonderful evening.
Joining AGSM alumni at the event were representatives from Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; Columbia Business School; SC Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Haas School of Business, Uni of California at Berkeley; Harvard; HEC; IE Business School; IESE Business School, Spain; IMD; Indian Inst. of Management, Ahmedabad, India; INSEAD; Judge Business School, Cambridge; Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; London Business School; MIT Sloan School of Management; Said Business School, Oxford University; Stern School of Business, NYU; University of Cambridge; University of Chicago; University of Melbourne; Warwick Business School; Wharton, UPen and Yale.
There are over 12,000 graduates of AGSM Programs living and working around the world. This group enjoys the benefits of belonging to the broader Australian School of Business and UNSW alumni networks, as well as enjoying a special connection with fellow alumni of AGSM MBA programs. In 2011, the Master of Business and Technology (MBT) degree, which is celebrating its 20th year, joined the AGSM suite of programs further strengthening the AGSM portfolio.