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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Alexia Chiang

    Country:  Hong Kong

    Current Global Engagement: My global engagement started at Penn when I chose international relations as my major. Before college, I was quite ignorant about world affairs. Our IR program gave me a solid foundation of knowledge to better understand the world, and a better appreciation for how history drives people in different countries to develop different politics and ideologies.

    Before moving overseas, I was a corporate attorney. In 2006, my husband and I accepted his company’s offer to relocate us to Shanghai because we wanted to witness first-hand China’s rapid economic growth and the resulting societal changes.  In Shanghai, I worked as an international business attorney, dealing mostly with foreign direct investments and international mergers and acquisitions. Foreigners often enter the Chinese business landscape with a lot of misconceptions. I really enjoyed being in a position to help them understand how the Chinese system actually works, and guiding them to sound solutions when there were conflicts in U.S. and Chinese laws or business practices.

    Two years ago I decided to try my hands at becoming an entrepreneur. I practiced law for more than a decade. I wanted to do more than just one thing in life. In May 2014, I launched my own brand of luxury perfumes ( in Shanghai. Because of China’s cosmetics import restrictions, high-quality niche perfumes are not officially sold there. I will be one of the first to officially bring a niche perfume concept to China.

    I also love to travel and have been to 27 countries and 123 cities.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • I love mysteries. Right now, I am reading a collection of short mystery stories titled “Mark Twain’s Medieval Romance and Other Classic Mystery Stories.” When I finish this, I plan to read “Some Nerves”, the new book by my C ’92 classmate Patty Chang Anker.
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • My freshmen year I lived on the ground floor of Hill House. I briefly dated a classmate who also lived there. When I asked him to go with me to the Hill House formal, he answered me yes by climbing over the fence around Hill House and answered me with “Of course I will” pieced together in gummy bears glued to my entire dorm room window. After that I think he went through some hard times. We were never close but the night before graduation, he told me he was going through some tough times as well. It’s been many years, but I always hoped that life turned out good and happy for him.
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • If you’re going to Shanghai: (i) do not drink the tap water anywhere including restaurants and bars, (2) do not eat the street food, and (3) bring your own chopsticks and do not use the disposable chopsticks.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • I loved how Penn has a large and diverse student body with people from all over the world. I met so many friends there and I love them all. But when we are young, it’s easy to be too self-centered and take people for granted. I would tell my younger self to take more time and do more to let people around me know how much I appreciated them, and to give everyone more attention and get to know them even better.
  5. Who inspires you?
    • Recently, world-renown violinist Vanessa Mae entered the Sochi Winter Olympics and competed at the Giant Slalom event. I thought it was absolutely inspiring that she seized the moment to do something entirely different from music. She was not in medal contention; she did this for her own experience and to push her own limits. Still, it was an amazing feat to qualify to compete at an Olympic event.
  6. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • The Midnight Econ Scream.
  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.