Mrs Brigitte Seyrlehner, the Consul General of Austria to Shanghai, Ms Elisabeth Mindlberger, the Vice Consul of Commercial Affairs of the Austrian Consulate General Shanghai , and Mr Philipp Agathonos, the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Austrian Embassy Beijing and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Austria Beijing (OSTA) attended the event. The event was presided over by Mrs Alexandra Wagner, the Head of the OeAD Cooperation Office Shanghai. She greeted all attendees and made a brief introduction to the Office and OeAD alumni management.
She also extended our gratitude to the sponsors. The event was fully financed by sponsors from Austrian industry and Austrian organizations. As Austrian companies thriving in China, AT&S, Lenzing Fibers, and Gebrüder Weiss, along with OSTA, Advantage Austria, Austrian Consulate General Shanghai and Eurasia Pacific Uninet (EPU), offered generous support to the Austrian alumni event. Without their help, we would not be able to make the event happen.
It was the third time for the OeAD Cooperation Office Shanghai to hold an alumni event in Shanghai. Around 115 guests from various fields attended this year’s event, such as economics, law, medicine, arts, ecology, and engineering. Many alumni appreciated the occasion to reunite with old friends, and to recollect memories of Austria. Aside from strengthening existing bonds, alumni also had extensive opportunities to establish new connections with fellow alumni and representatives of Austrian industry and organizations during the event. A number of participants commented they were looking forward to more similar events in the future.