The eighth annual U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion took place in Shanghai, China, on May 27-28, 2017. In addition to receptions, a luncheon, and a school/college-oriented dinner, the reunion featured an afternoon of presentations on a range of topics, with discussions led by preeminent faculty members and deans.

Past events were held in Singapore (2010), Shanghai (2011), Seoul (2012), Taipei (2013), Hong Kong (2014), again in Singapore (2015), and Tokyo (2016).

Photos from the 2017 Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion

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The U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship provides important financial aid in support of outstanding undergraduate students from across Asia attending U-M. Established by our Hong Kong alumni in 2014 to honor the Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion, the Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship unites the U-M family around Asia, deepens connections to U-M, and builds esprit de corps. Each year alumni and friends in Asia and around the globe contribute to the U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship in celebration of each other and future generations of students. To date, nearly $250,000 has been raised in gifts, pledges, and matching funds.

Past Recipients
2015 – Priscilla Mukudan, Engineering, from Ipoh, Malaysia
2016 – Ivory Yang, LSA, from Singapore

“With the continuous support of UM alumni in Asia, the Fund will evolve into a tradition, providing the benefits of the UM experience to more students from the region.”
-Richard Yang, JD 1999

“I was supported by many warm hearts for me to be going to Michigan. I believe it is now my turn to return the favor to the future leaders and best. Join me!”
-Makoto Ariga, MBA 1993

“The Pan-Asia Reunion is something that we all look forward to every year, and we remember how Michigan has changed our lives. This feeling is something we want to pay forward by contributing to the Pan-Asia Scholarship fund. We hope to be able to help deserving students to realize their dream, the dream that we’ve lived and the one they aspire towards. This is truly the heart of the scholarship.”
-Choon Peng Ng


Saturday, May 27

Three on the Bund
3 Zhongshan East 1st Rd
WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China 20000

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception

    • Welcome, Steve Grafton
    • Greetings, Prof. S. Jack Hu, Vice President for Research
    • Barbour Scholars Centennial message, Dean Carol Fierke

Sunday, May 28

Fairmont Peace Hotel
20 Nanjing Road East
Shanghai 200002, China

11:30 Registration

12:00 Lunch

    • Kick-off, Steve Grafton
    • U-M update, Dean Mark West
    • Pan-Asia Scholarship, Rich Rogel B.B.A ‘70, LL.D Hon ‘09

13:45 – 15:15 Seminar Session # 1

    • Sino – U.S. Relations
      • Host: Andrew Martin – Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
      • Speakers: Mary Gallagher – Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies; Kenneth G. Lieberthal – Professor Emeritus, Political Science and Business Administration; Lester Ross – Partner, WilmerHale
      • Description: A discussion of the current political, economic, and social relations between China and the United States with three renowned experts: Professor Emeritus Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Professor Mary E. Gallagher, and Dr. Lester Ross (AM ’72, PhD ’80). The session will be introduced by Andrew Martin, Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
    • Precision Health
      • Speakers: Marschall Runge – Dean, University of Michigan Medical School, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, U-M, CEO, Michigan Medicine; James Dalton – Dean, College of Pharmacy; Alec Gallimore – Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering; Martin Philbert – Dean, School of Public Health.
      • Description: U-M is at the forefront of sweeping change in health care, with new research, understanding, and tools for developing personalized treatment and wellness strategies. U-M’s approach is unique in part because the teamwork of four distinguished deans who are leading the initiative—James Dalton, Alec Gallimore, Martin Philbert, and Marschall Runge—who will all present.
    • Science is Not Enough
      • Host: Amy Conger – Assistant Vice Provost & Director of Global Engagement
      • Speakers: James Holloway – Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs; Elizabeth Cole – Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Chris McLaurin – Commissioner of the American Football League of China
      • Description: James Holloway, Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs and Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, will explore how the future development of our world’s societies depends on the humanities and social sciences in addition to science and engineering. Elizabeth Cole and Chris McLaurin will join Professor Holloway and share their own perspectives. Michigan’s rich history in athletics, internationalism, entrepreneurship, humanities, and the social sciences will serve as a backdrop for the conversation. The session will be moderated by Amy Conger, Assistant Vice Provost & Director of Global Engagement.

15:15 – 15:45 Tea Break

15:45 – 17:15 Seminar Session # 2

    • Dream of the Red Chamber with Bright Sheng
      • Speakers: Bright Sheng – Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
      • Description: Award-winning composer and Michigan Distinguished Professor, Bright Sheng, will share his latest opera, based on the classic Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Chamber. This presentation will include performance and storytelling.
    • Internet, mobile, and the changing landscape of global business and education
      • Speakers: John Wu – Founder and Chairman of FengHe Group; Winston Ma – Managing Director of the China Investment Corporation (CIC); James Hilton – Vice Provost for Digital Educational Initiatives, University Librarian, and Dean of Libraries
      • Description: Winston Ma (MBA ’03), John Wu (BS ’89), and U-M Vice Provost for Academic Innovation Professor James Hilton will offer a first-hand look at ways in which internet and mobile are disrupting business and education, and leading to new models for delivering products, services, education, and credentials.
    • ​Leadership and Legacy: How Our Pursuit for Purpose Defines Who We Are As Leaders
      • Speaker: Dean Scott DeRue – Edward J. Frey Dean of Business, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
      • Description: A noted expert on leadership, Scott DeRue, dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, will share insights from his research and experience. This will be an interactive session.

17:15 – 18:30 Reception

    • Closing, Steve Grafton
    • Toast, Dean Andrew Martin

19:00 – 21:00 Dinners for Alumni and Friends

    • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts & Rackham – RSVP
    • Ross School of Business – RSVP
    • Law School – RSVP
    • Michigan Medicine and Medical School – RSVP

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2017 Shanghai Pan-Asia Committee

​​Jane Chen​ – MBA ’10​:
Benjamin Chiao​ – Ph.D. ’10:
J​erry Liu​ – MBA ’02​:
Zach Mueller​ ​- AB ’10:
Bridget O’Donnell​ – AB ’09​:
​​Ivan Pan​ – MBA ’09​​:
​​Dalu ​Qi – AB ’10​:
​​Suzanne Shi – MBA ’11​:
Sophie Wong​ ​- BSE ’97:
​​David Wang​ – MBA ’15​:
Melody Zhang​ – MBA ’08​:
​Peng Zhang​ – MBA ’16​:
​Yu Zhang​ – AM ’11:

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