Happy Lunar New Year from The University of Manchester


I’m Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, and I’m President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

I want to give my very best wishes to all our international students, alumni, staff and supporters who are celebrating the Lunar New Year – the Year of Ox, also of course very well known as the Spring Festival.

Whether you’re here in Manchester with us, or anywhere else in the world, I really hope you will have the chance to celebrate safely with friends and family.

2020 was an unprecedented year for all of us, but we’re all hopeful that at the start of a new year this will be another safe and successful year for the University and its strong links with so many Asian countries who will be celebrating Lunar New Year and Spring Festival.

This year we look forward to growing and strengthening our relationships with our students, valued colleagues and alumni and partners across Asia – in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam, through our teaching, our Manchester Worldwide Global Centres, our research, and our great friendships.

At The University of Manchester we now have well over 11,000 international students studying across all subjects.

These students make a huge contribution, not only to the life and reputation of our University, but also to our great city of Manchester.

We’re pleased and proud to have them here.

They are now part of a prestigious group of students and alumni.

We’re very excited to see them continue and flourish in their undergraduate or postgraduate study with us with prosperity in the coming year.

I’d like to send particular recognition and greetings to the students of our many international student societies and networks who’ve been so active at the University in their support of students and staff through many events and activities during the year.

And I’d also like to thank our alumni who’ve supported the University, our students and each other, as well as your communities through projects like our Manchester Day of Action and Worldwide Charity Run.

And of course, thank you to our alumni and supporters who made generous gifts to the University, including to our student hardship fund and our Covid-19 appeals.

We’re very grateful for everything you do to support us.

Thank you all.

So I wish you a wonderful celebration in the coming days and a tremendous New Year.

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