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Sundial Unveiling

Sundial event

HRH The Princess Royal viewing a sundial unveiled as part of the University of London External System's 150th Anniversary celebrations. Pictured with Professor Jonathan Kydd, Dean of the External System.

Book presentation

Book presentation

Find out more about the anniversary book


The External System: an overview

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In celebration of the External System's 150th anniversary we held a number of events, ceremonies and presentations throughout 2008.

150th Anniversary Campaign

The 150th Anniversary Campaign was launched - it seeks to raise funds to support student scholarships and enhance External System services and facilities for the benefit of future students and alumni. Read more

Sundial Event - Videos

Anniversary event - Speeches by:

Sir Graeme Davies - the Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. [opens new window - Flash video].
Alternatively download a transcript of the speech [PDF]

Professor Jonathan Kydd - the Dean of the University of London External System [opens new window - Flash video].
Alternatively download a transcript of the speech [PDF]

HRH The Princess Royal - Chancellor of the University of London [opens new window - Flash video].
Alternatively download a transcript of the speech [PDF]

Please note: the video clips are in Flash Video format - if you have problems opening/playing the clips please visit the help page.

External System Graduation Ceremony

The 2008 graduation ceremony was held at the Barbican Centre (London).

The following video clips are the opening and closing speeches from the graduation ceremony

Please note: the video clips are in Windows Media Video format - if you have problems opening/playing the clips please visit the help page.

Events [press releases]

  • 20th July 2008 - Making history in Hong Kong – Hong Kong
  • 18th July 2008 - One of six worldwide awards for Hong Kong – HKU SPACE
  • 12th June - Sundial unveiled as part of the Anniversary celebrations - HRH The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London
  • March 2008 - Vietnamese Prime Minister visits
  • 15th February launch event - Nigeria
  • 28th January launch event - Delhi
  • 23rd January launch event - London
  • 21st January launch event (staff)
  • 15th January - First global recipient of the 150th Anniversary book - Hong Kong
  • 13th January launch event - Hong Kong

View photos from the events - Events Gallery

Alumni Events

As part of the 150th celebrations the External System hosted a series of alumni events around the world in 2008.

The events gave alumni the opportunity to network with other graduates who share similar professional and/or academic interests and allowed them to meet External System and Lead College staff that they may have had contact with during the course of their study.

View photos (in the Alumni area of the site) from a recent event in Malaysia.

Note: alumni events will be run throughout 2009.

Chapter Leaders will also be holding alumni events in countries that the University is not able to host events in. This page will be updated when events are added so please ensure you check back regularly.