Hoboken, N.J. – Chinese alumni of Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University® – a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the New York City skyline – were invited to a very special event on June 27, 2013 in Beijing, China, when Dr. Gregory Prastacos, Dean of the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens, hosted a reception and dinner for Stevens alumni at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The event enabled Chinese alumni to meet other alumni in their area and also marked the introduction of a Stevens Alumni Chapter in Beijing, designed to strengthen ties between Chinese alumni and the university and foster a mutual spirit of attachment.
“During my term at Stevens I have had the opportunity to meet countless brilliant and successful alumni,” said Prastacos, who also met with Chinese Stevens alumni in March during a separate visit to Beijing. “I have come to realize that the best ambassador of the school, the best example of the leadership we nurture and the best example of the excellence and quality of the education we provide is a Howe School graduate, no matter where they are based.”
At the event, Prastacos updated Stevens alumni about recent developments at Stevens, including the university’s new and ambitious strategic plan; its rise in national rankings for top universities, student return on investment for their education, and career services; and its plans for future growth in size and selectivity. In addition, he announced the Howe School’s new 48-credit Flex MBA program, a unique and highly-relevant program for working professionals designed to prepare transformational business leaders to leverage technology to solve complex business problems and improve core business performance.
“Taught by Stevens’ world-class faculty members, including industry leaders at Fortune 500 companies, the Flex MBA incorporates the university’s core technology-centric approach, helping students understand the role technology plays enabling effective business solutions,” said Prastacos. “With flexible scheduling, online learning opportunities and small class sizes, the program enables graduates to quickly gain the business knowledge needed to move their careers forward.”
Founded in 1870, technological innovation is the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ acclaimed undergraduate and graduate education programs and interdisciplinary research initiatives, which advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges in critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education. The Howe School, one of four schools within the university, prepares leaders in industry, government and academia with the broad knowledge across business and technology needed to succeed in today’s global, technology-driven economy. Students come from across the globe at all stages of their careers to enter Howe School programs focused on the technical, analytical and management skills necessary for careers in high-demand fields, including quantitative finance, business intelligence and analytics, technology management and information systems, as well as for the MBA program.
Given its outstanding academic reputation and ideal location across the Hudson River from New York City, Stevens is a popular choice for graduate education for Chinese students and the university’s Chinese alumni base is extremely strong. Stevens is also engaged in a number of international educational partnerships and collaborations, including with prestigious Chinese universities such as the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) and Beijing Institute of Technology.
The June 27 event was facilitated by one of Stevens’ most prominent Chinese alumni, Ta-Tung “Tony” Wang MMS ’73, a native of Sichuan, China. Wang is the former president of Franchise Investment Corporation of Asia, a subsidiary of American International Group (AIG) and a path-breaking franchiser of American restaurants in China. He previously served as Vice President of Southeast Asia and China for KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In April 2013, Wang traveled all the way from Taiwan to accept the International Achievement Award at the inaugural Stevens Awards Gala, which honors alumni and non-alumni who have demonstrated remarkable professional achievement, exhibited remarkable character, or displayed exceptional support of the university.
“In my whole life, the best investment was going to Stevens,” he said in his acceptance speech.
"Beijing has become a great example of the impact of Stevens alumni abroad," said Michael Smullen, Associate Executive Director of the Stevens Alumni Association. "It's great to see alumni of all degrees and class years come together to celebrate Stevens' success, and both Tony Wang and Dean Prastacos' leadership have provided a fantastic engagement opportunity for our alumni in that area. We are looking forward to more successful events in the future."
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.