Alumni Gathering in Malta

2 June 2013

Alumni Gathering in Malta

On Sunday 2 June, Peter Race, Executive Professor, and Nicole Gillham, Director of Alumni Relations and Development were invited to attend the group's AGM and alumni gathering in Valletta.

Henley Business School has a fantastic number and spread of alumni associations around the globe. In the countries where there are Henley offices or partners there are often particularly strong alumni connections and Malta is no exception. The MBA has been delivered in Malta since 1992 and the first graduates went on to set up the Henley Alumni Association in Malta, which is now run by a committee of alumni, chaired by Juan de Battista. The Association has support from the Business School's International Partner in Malta, which is led by Managing Director Lorenzo Mule' Stagno. 

The Association is an integral part of Henley's presence in Malta as it builds the community spirit that is so necessary in creating a strong alumni network. The International Partner and the Association have been working hand in hand to continue strengthening this network of top managers. With the widening of Henley Business School's portfolio of courses in Malta, the Association is also slowly changing its membership base, from being exclusively made up of programme members who followed the Henley MBA, to including people with coaching qualifications and financial degrees (from the ICMA Centre), and hopefully much more in the not too distant future.

On Sunday 2 June, Peter Race, Executive Professor, and Nicole Gillham, Director of Alumni Relations and Development were invited to attend the group's AGM and alumni gathering in Valletta. If you have not had the chance to visit Valletta it is a truly beautiful city with historic architecture and dramatic coastline - a perfect setting for the 40 plus members of the group to meet for the day. After hearing from the committee about the running of the association over the past year, Peter spoke to guests on the topic of operations and project management. He commented: 'The last time I visited Malta was in 2000 so it was great to be invited back to deliver a keynote address. I recognised a number of alumni I first met 13 years ago, notably the secretary of the Association, Francis Farrugia who was part of the first cohort in Malta. Francis provides excellent local support for current programme members studying my subject, so I know him well and it was good to catch up on topics of interest. Malta is a small island community so our alumni provide an excellent network for business professionals to socialise and share business opportunities. It was therefore very interesting to share a meal with the alumni members and their partners and I now feel a little more knowledgeable about their community.'

The lunch was followed by a specially arranged visit to the restoration project, being led by the Courtauld Institute of Art, of the vault paintings of Alessio Erardi's Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple, at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Valletta.

Nicole Gillham commented: 'It is always a pleasure to see our alumni get together and enjoy hearing from a current Henley faculty member, as well as catch up with old friends and meet new ones. This is what the global Henley community is all about and this event was a great example of alumni giving their time to help keep a local group together and engaged with Henley Business School.'