The Watt Club boosts its presence in Lusaka
Heriot-Watt University’s alumni association, The Watt Club, is launching its first branch in Zambia during a special event on Friday (11 January) at InterContinental Hotel in Lusaka.
The newly established branch of the Watt Club will provide personal development and networking opportunities for the growing number of Heriot-Watt graduates in the country.
Over 300 distinguished guests, business leaders, graduates and University staff are expected to attend the launch, hosted by Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Business School.
The speakers include Ken Brown, Edinburgh Business School’s MBA Programme Director, Billy Mwape, Chairman of Watt Club Zambia and Norman Chipakupaku, global President of The Watt Club, who is originally from Zambia.
Ahead of the special event, Norman Chipakupaku, said:
“The Watt Club, founded in 1854, has over 123,000 members in more than 190 countries around the world and is considered to be the oldest alumni association in the UK. I’m very proud that the next branch of this global association is opening in our country.
“We are launching a Watt Club branch in Zambia because we have such large numbers of Heriot-Watt University graduates and students here, many of whom have completed or are pursuing the distance learning MBA from Edinburgh Business School, the postgraduate school of business at Heriot-Watt University.
“Now, The Watt Club will provide a much-needed structure to ensure Heriot-Watt alumni in Zambia have more opportunities to develop their personal and professional networks.
“We want to facilitate opportunities for our graduates and to help them support one another with their individual endeavours beyond graduation. We also want to create a community where current students can go for advice and support and to help others who may be considering pursuing further education access it. It is also a great example of our presence in Southern Africa.”
Ken Brown, MBA Programme Director at Edinburgh Business School, said:
“The slogan urges graduates of Heriot-Watt to “see the world, then change it”. And we know that our alumni have the potential to make a real positive impact to their own lives, to the companies and organisations they work for and as a result to the continued development and growth of Zambia.
“In Southern Africa alone, Edinburgh Business School has over 3,800 graduates and nearly 4,000 active students. Our postgraduate programmes provide our alumni with the tools and confidence to not only succeed, but to be the next entrepreneurial and business leaders.
“Ultimately we hope our Watt Club members will stand out as individuals who are driving positive change and who are part of a community of likeminded and ambitious individuals who strive to make a difference in the real world.”
The event is a chance to bring Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Business School family in Zambia together, to celebrate graduates’ successes, to support current students and to provide opportunities to individuals’ who are interested in studying and furthering their careers.
Lifetime membership of The Watt Club is automatic upon graduation from Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Business School, and is free to all graduates.