More than one hundred alumni and staff from the BA (Hons) European Business Administration programme (BAEBA) were reunited at Middlesex University on Saturday 30 November for a wonderful evening reminiscing about their hugely successful course.
Hosted by Anna Kyprianou, Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Business School, the BAEBA reunion event was organised to celebrate the international degree programme once described as 'the best business studies course in the country'.
Returning to Hendon from all over the world, former BAEBA students and staff were taken on a tour of the revamped campus before enjoying an evening reception and meal in the Rickett Quadrangle.
Speaking about the event, Anna Kyprianou said: "The BAEBA degree was a very special programme which has left a long lasting legacy.
"The reunion highlighted the strong bonds that were formed between staff and students during this remarkable four year, two country programme. We hope that this will be the first of many such reunions."
Launched in 1974, the programme was inspired by the late Alan Hales and facilitated by Gerry Earls, who spent 25 years working at Middlesex and was guest of honour at the event.
"To have one's contribution to the success of the University but, above all, to the life enhancing process of our students from across Europe recognised in this way is the greatest reward an academic can hope for," Gerry said after the reunion.
With many of the attendees graduating over 30 years ago, the event provided a rare opportunity to renew relationships after so long apart.
Simon Jennings, Head of Private Equity at HSBC Alternative Investments Limited, who graduated from the course in 1987, said: "The chance to catch up with old friends and remember old times was very special for us and for everyone we spoke to throughout the evening.
"The opportunity for all of us, with the benefit of hindsight and hopefully slightly more wisdom than we had as raw 18-year-olds, to say thank you to Gerry for his vision all those years ago was also very special."
One of the first courses of its kind, BAEBA was a pioneering programme which required students to be proficient in a second language as they had to both study and work overseas.
Those on the course were not only educated at Middlesex, but also had the opportunity to study at one of Reims in France, Reutlingen Fachhochschule in Germany or ICADE in Madrid, Spain.
Students from these European institutions also came to study at Middlesex and following time working in industry placements, all received two degrees at the end of the programme.