On Wednesday 3 October, nearly 200 Kingston University alumni reunited at the British Ambassadorâs Residence in Moscow. This was the first event of its kind in Russia, and attracted alumni who had studied at Kingston University itself, and also at partner institutions in Russia, such as the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANE), the Pavlov State Medical University and Russian State University of Aviation Technology (MATI).
Many of the alumni who attended have reached the top of their chosen professions, and are employed by high-profile, multi-national companies such as Sberbank, TNK-BP, Yukos, Yandex and Nycomed. Staff from Kingston University, partner organisations and representatives of Russian business and industry were also present.
The reunion was held in the residence of the British Ambassador to Russia, HMA Tim Barrow CMG LVO. The impressive building was constructed towards the end of the 19th century and is a jewel of the Russian decorative style of that period, with interiors designed by Fyodor Shekhtel, featuring ornate plaster stucco, gilding and wood panelling. The venue boasts fantastic views of the Kremlin which can be seen from the balcony.
Alumni and guests were entertained by a jazz pianist, and made the most of the opportunity to reconnect with fellow Kingston alumni and staff. This reunion will become an annual event to ensure the links between Kingston University and its alumni remain strong. The Ambassador was very enthusiastic about welcoming alumni to the residence again in 2013.