Georgetown Delegation Tours East Asia

By Chelsea Burwell

Continuing the university's commitment to strengthening engagement with East Asia, Georgetown President John J. DeGioia and a high-level delegation of university administrators visited cities in East Asia for the third consecutive year to lead a series of panels, lectures, and small group receptions.

Guests socialize during a formal  reception in Shanghai.
Guests socialize during a formal reception in Shanghai.

The delegation included Bill Doyle, chairman of the Board of Directors; Tom Banchoff, vice president for global engagement; Bart Moore, vice president for advancement; Bill Treanor, Executive Vice President & Dean of the Law Center; Joel Hellman, dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service; and Bill Reynolds, executive director of the Georgetown University Alumni Association. A delegation of Georgetown Law administrators—led by Dean William Treanor—also participated in events during the tour.

"We have traveled frequently to East Asia over the years to strengthen our ties to the many universities and institutions across the region and to establish new models of exchange and collaboration," said DeGioia. 

"It was a pleasure to spend time with so many members of our global Georgetown community during this trip and to explore ways we can deepen our engagement across East Asia."

More than 300 alumni, parents, and friends of the university attended the events, which spotlighted topics including global engagement, economic development, and university affairs.

Tokyo

The first stop of the East Asia tour was Tokyo, where DeGioia, Doyle, and Reynolds led a formal alumni reception with more than 120 guests in attendance.

President John J. DeGioia delivers  message on university affairs and global engagement during the alumni event in  Tokyo.
President John J. DeGioia delivers message on university affairs and global engagement during the alumni event in Tokyo.

"It was wonderful to have this time with our community in Japan—a place where we have sustained relationships for more than eight decades. The partnerships we have developed have provided us with a rich context to engage our community throughout Asia and have enabled us to contribute to the study of Japanese history, culture, and society," said DeGioia.

In 2014, DeGioia visited Tokyo and received the "Esteemed Friend" Award from Sophia University, a fellow private Jesuit research institution.

Hong Kong

During the stop in Hong Kong, both Georgetown delegations participated in a panel to discuss Chinese leadership, environmental sustainability, and the economy.

Delegation member and Chair of  Georgetown's Board of Directors Bill Doyle speaks during a panel discussion on  China's GreenTech Initiative in Hong Kong.
Delegation member and Chair of Georgetown's Board of Directors Bill Doyle speaks during a panel discussion on China's GreenTech Initiative in Hong Kong.

Featured panelists included Elle Carberry (C'82), vice president for corporate engagement at Georgetown University; Ma Jun, director of the Center for Finance and Development at Tsinghua University; Tao Wang, managing director and chief China economist of UBS; Zhongmin Shen, CEO of MingYang New Energy Investment Holding Group; and Jeff McDermott, founder and managing partner of Greentech Capital Advisors.

DeGioia, Treanor, Hellman, and Banchoff each made remarks during the event, highlighting the importance of global engagement and Georgetown's value around shaping global citizens.

Shanghai

The tour continued in Shanghai, where more than 70 attendees took part in a formal reception. The Georgetown Law delegation also met individually with alumni, visited various law firms and law schools, and hosted their annual Asian Law Alumni Advisory Board meeting.

"The Shanghai alumni event with Dean Treanor was a great success," shared Sara Jane Ho (C'07), member of Georgetown College's Board of Advisors and host of the reception. "I was personally overwhelmed by the turnout of over 70 guests. It was, in fact, our first formal event of such a scale in the city, and attendees were excited and impressed by Georgetown's commitment to engaging alumni, parents, and students globally and particularly in China."

Sara Jane Ho (C'07), member of  Georgetown College's Board of Advisors, welcomes attendees as host for the  alumni reception in Shanghai.
Sara Jane Ho (C'07), member of Georgetown College's Board of Advisors, welcomes attendees as host for the alumni reception in Shanghai.

Taipei

Rounding out the tour was the university's inaugural visit to Taipei, providing the university delegation with a chance to explore and expand outreach to alumni and parents.

"Our first delegation visit to Taipei was tremendous," said Moore. 

"Georgetown is not only committed to reconnecting with alumni and friends of the university in cities like Shanghai and Tokyo, but we're proud to establish new connections and actively engage in Taipei."

Taipei, which boasts a population of 2.7 million, is a growing city and the political, cultural, and economic center for Taiwan.

Guests mingle during the alumni  event hosted in Taipei.
Guests mingle during the alumni event hosted in Taipei.