The annual Seattle Alumni Reunion was held on July 21, 2019 at Mercer Island, Seattle. LUMS Founder and Patron, Syed Babar Ali and Sr. Principal Scientist at Amazon, Dr. Salal Humair also attended the event. The alumni had the opportunity to catch up with each other in a casual setting and hear about the developments underway at LUMS.
Syed Babar Ali gave a brief address at the gathering, and shed light on the progress LUMS has made over the years. He shared that Dr. Humair has played a pivotal role in the setup of Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) and thanked him for his services to LUMS. Talking about the latest addition at LUMS, the Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education (SOE), he expressed that SOE will make a significant contribution to the improvement of education in Pakistan, not only in academics but also in helping produce leaders who formulate policies and curricula.
Syed Babar Ali shared that presently, the total LUMS student body is about 5000 strong, out of which 4000 are undergraduate students and 1000 are in graduate school. While elaborating on the triumphs and successes of the LUMS alumni community, he shared that the highest number of Fulbright scholarships are awarded to LUMS graduates; more than any other institution in Pakistan. In fact, thirty percent of LUMS graduates are admitted on full scholarships to top universities in the US. Given that this year, 1100 students are joining LUMS from 140 different cities and towns in Pakistan, Syed Babar Ali encouraged the alumni to donate to the National Outreach Programme (NOP) and emphasised the importance of giving back to their alma mater so that the education of talented and deserving students can be sponsored.
The Seattle Alumni Chapter enjoyed connecting with their LUMS family again and have also formed a committee to increase outreach to LUMS alumni in the pacific northwest and to identify funding opportunities for their alma mater.