Alumni

Big Weekend: Worldwide 2016 - gatherings across the world

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USW Alumni from across the globe joined together on the weekend of the 17 and 18 June, to celebrate their shared connections with USW, University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.


Events kicked off in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja, with dinner, drinks and networking at one of the city's fanciest hotels.

Alumnus Collins Nnamani hosted over 30 alumni, who were very enthusiastic about their time studying in South Wales. Collins reflects that "It was fun and great catching up with old friends and getting to meet new ones. I know I had fun and it was truly a pleasure to meet my fellow alumni... how can I ever forget cyber cafe? That was the highlight of the evening!"

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It's always nice to hear of our alumni sharing some in jokes! A future event has already been planned for November, when there will be a picnic - more information will be released on the alumni pages shortly.

On Saturday the 18th of June, alumni in Mexico were busy preparing for their Global Big Weekend event - a bring your own style picnic lunch in one of Mexico City's most beautiful parks.

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Gabriel Zepeda hosted the event, and as you can see from the photos below, a fun afternoon was had in the much warmer than Wales environment of Mexico.

On to an event slightly closer to home, and Nicholas Kelaiditis held an evening of dinner and drinks in Athens, which was well attended, and didn't finish until 1:30am on the next day - our Greek alumni know how to party.

Finally, to South Africa, where Vicky Swales-Beer held a braii (South African BBQ) to celebrate. On Saturday Vicky arranged with the big group of alumni to go to the local beach 'Big Bay' in Cape Town. The afternoon was spent rock-pooling and identifying local marine species such as anemones, sponges, starfish and a variety of juvenile fish. The evening followed with a charcoal braai  (BBQ) and large fire to keep the group warm on a Cape Town winter night.  The group enjoyed an assortment of local braai dishes which was washed down with some South African fine wine and beers. They not only celebrated the big weekend but also the Welsh football team reaching the European semi-finals.

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It was fantastic to hear of so many USW alumni, coming together to celebrate their shared history of studying in South Wales.


Would you like to organise an event in your home country as part of Big Weekend 2017?
Perhaps you'd like to get involved in events that are already taking place? Contact Katy Hales to find out more and to express an interest.


See more photos from the celebrations below.

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