Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion

Dear Alumni and Friends,

First and foremost, I want to extend my support to the members of our community who are, or have been, affected by the COVID-19 virus. The University of Michigan is truly a global institution, and our vast network of alumni around the world is one of our greatest assets. U-M and the Alumni Association are operating with an abundance of caution in relation to student, staff, faculty, and alumni travel.

Although the pandemic will prevent us from holding Pan-Asia 2021 in person, our Michigan pride will carry us forward through a series of four virtual events offered to all international alumni and positioned especially for our alumni and friends in Asia.

Starting this fall, the annual Pan-Asia Reunion will consist of virtual events where international alumni can participate and learn more about our great University. These events will lead to a capstone session offered on or around the typical Pan-Asia event at the end of May with a keynote and closing virtual reception.

Below, please find a list of scheduled events and topics of discussion. Register for the next session “Women in Business During the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities on February 24 from 8:00 – 9:00 AM EST (UTC–05:00). Recordings of each session will also be available at this page following the live events

Upcoming Session

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021: Women in Business During the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities.

Session time: 8:00 – 9:00 AM EST (UTC−05:00)

Future Events

March 2021: Lessons From the Pandemic

May 25, 2021: Keynote and Pan Asia Virtual Celebration with President Mark Schlissel

Past Events

“The Ultimate Challenge: How Business, Diplomacy, and Technology Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis”

Jennifer Haverkamp, Victor Li, Jennifer Layke, and Brian Swet discuss emerging developments in global climate change. The Ultimate Challenge: How Business, Diplomacy, and Technology Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis.

Recorded on January 27, 2021.

Mary Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, Ann Chih Lin, and moderator Michael S. Barr discuss current relations between the United States and China and possible paths forward given COVID and the upcoming U.S. elections. Recorded October, 2020.

We thank you for your continued support of our beloved institution. Please reach out to me or any members of the International Giving and Engagement team if you have questions, comments, or concerns: We look forward to virtually seeing you soon, and in the meantime, stay safe and Go Blue!


Steve Grafton
President and CEO
Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

Pan-Asia is an annual event open to all U-M alumni, family, and friends. Guests generally attend to connect with each other, renew friendships, and reignite the Michigan spirit while learning how to engage more deeply with U-M. Started by a small group of alumni in Singapore who simply wanted to remain connected to each other, the gathering has turned into a major U-M event that celebrates our alumni and donors in the region.

Past events were held in Singapore (2010 and 2015), Shanghai (2011 and 2017), Seoul (2012 and 2018), Taipei (2013), Hong Kong (2014 and 2019), and Tokyo (2016).

U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship

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, over $250,000 has been raised from more than 500 gifts and pledges.


2020 – Bao Ngo Gia Vo, Vietnam
2020 – Harry Nguyen, Vietnam
2019 – Bao Ngo Gia Vo, Vietnam
2019 – Sim Yi Lin, Malaysia
2018 – Bach Nguyen, BSE ’22, Vietnam
2017 – Abrar Iqbal, BSE ’21, Bangladesh
2016 – Ivory Yang Sijie, AB ’20, Singapore
2015 – Pricilla Mukudan, BSE ’19, Malaysia

“With the continuous support of U-M alumni in Asia, the Fund will evolve into a tradition, providing the benefits of the U-M 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, MBA 2004

Connect on Facebook

Converse with each other about who is going and past experiences in the Michigan Pan-Asian Reunion Facebook group.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the University of Michigan at or call us at 866.799.0002.

A Look Back at Past Pan-Asia Alumni Reunions