Alumni reunion

Uniting UNIGE

Hosting University of Geneva (UNIGE) alumni representative Louise Roux in the swissnex San Francisco office means more opportunities to connect the dots. Case in point: the June visit of a delegation from the university prompted an alumni meet-up, resulting in new bonds and a renewed interest in a local alumni chapter.

UNIGE Vice President Yves Flückiger, along with Pierre Willa, the university’s head of international relations, and Alexandre Hedjazi, a senior lecturer at the Institute for Environmental Sciences, were on the West Coast to sign an agreement on an annual student exchange program with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). They also visited UC Berkeley’s international relations staff to discuss a similar program with that campus.

In San Francisco, after a meeting with swissnex staff, Roux and the delegation joined five other UNIGE alumni at a nearby cocktail bar for drinks and networking. The participants represented the science and high-tech sectors, among other industries.

With introductions made, the next stop for the UNIGE crew was back at swissnex to attend a public event on Disney Research Zurich, a lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich focusing on the latest in computer graphics and animation. A final stop brought the UNIGE alumni together again around a table at a local restaurant to chew on the evening’s visual and intellectual meat along with dinner.

“There was a lot of interest in building an active Bay Area alumni chapter,” Roux said of the gathering. “And we all appreciated the chance to speak French.”

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