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A Bit of Buxton in Bucharest

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Date posted: 17 December 2013

Former students celebrated the past and caught up with the present in a reunion which brought a bit of Buxton to Bucharest.

Dr Tony Johnston, Programme Leader for Ecotourism, and Mikaela Balder, International Student Advisor, took time out from a recruitment trip to Romania to host a group of four alumni and one current student in the Energiea Pub in the heart of the buzzing city on November 27.

It was the third University of Derby Buxton reunion abroad, but the first in the Romanian capital, and the atmosphere was joyous from the start.

Mihai Ghinescu (class of 2012, BA Business Management and Law) had rushed across from work to describe his new job with Nestle as a Project Coordinator in the Events Management Department, Supply Chain.

Alexandru Aldea (class of 2010, MA Management) and Cristina Negut (class of 2010, MA Events Management) looked back to when they first drove together to Derby from Romania in Alexandru's car. Cristina is now a Project Coordinator for Ralcom Exhibitions and Alex is an Account Manager for the advertising company Quatro Team.

Cristina said: "I was happy to see the email inviting me to the reunion, and I was very curious to find out about the other students who had studied at Derby. I think a reunion is a great opportunity to talk about student life with those who shared the experience."

Joining the group was current student Alexandra Venetis, who studies BA Events Management and is on a work placement for an events company in Bucharest. Thanks to the alumni reunion she was able to network and meet Cristina who is now an event professional.

A reunion which gives alumni the chance to reminisce and catch up strengthens their relationships with each other and the university, said Alexandru.

"I had a fantastic time," he added. "It was such a great feeling to get back in touch with the Uni. I'm really hoping to get in touch more often from now and I'm going to look into the alumni programme and see what it's all about!"

For more information, contact Mikaela on m.balder@derby.ac.uk

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