Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion

Regarding the Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion (2020 — 2021)

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 has carried us forward through a series of four virtual events offered to all international alumni and positioned especially for our alumni and friends in Asia.

Beginning in the fall of 2020, the Going Global: Pan-Asia virtual event series has given alumni around the world the opportunity to connect with U-M, and provide news and information to our constituents on a wide range of topics relating to current events. If you missed any of these sessions, you can view the recordings below.

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

Previous Events

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Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion Celebration

Our celebration features:

  • Mark S. Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan
  • Jane Sun, CEO, Group
  • Steve Grafton, President & CEO, Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
  • Mary Gallagher, Director, International Institute; Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor in Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Watch our expert panel as they discuss the lessons learned over the past 16 months of the pandemic and what it means for the future. Attendees will learn about the virus mutation and evolving transmissibility; virus detection and early warning systems in wastewater; surveillance, testing, and tracking strategies; and new technologies that can reduce airborne virus transmission.

The session is moderated by Immunoscape Founder & CEO Choon Peng-Ng (MBA’04, ). Panelists include:

  • Herek Clack, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Adam Lauring, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Emily Toth Martin, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
  • Krista Rule Wigginton, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering.

Recorded on March 25, 2021.

In this panel, the discussion centers around the challenges and opportunities the pandemic has offered for women in leadership. The panelists offer insights based on their leadership roles across a variety of industries, including venture capital, automotive, real estate, and health care. They also explore how challenges offered by the pandemic have impacted women in leadership, including child care and remote work, as well as the opportunities it has offered for women leaders to shine as well.

Recorded on February 26, 2021.

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.

About the Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion

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 – Yi Lin Sim, 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