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All roads lead to UEL as convoy reaches Docklands

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After motoring 22,000km on a journey that started in Singapore, stopped off at Mount Everest base camp and wove its way through Russia and Scandinavia, an international 4 x 4 motor expedition eventually came to a halt at the University of East London.

With a UEL student participating in the arduous, 66-day road trip, the Docklands campus was an obvious choice.

Mahathevan Arumugam, who graduates next month with an MBA, was part of the contingent of 15 cars that grinded its way through terrain in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Laos, Kunming (China), Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Moscow, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

“It was amazing to drive 5,800 metres above sea level to plant the UEL flag on the Mount Everest base camp,” said Mahathevan. “It was also great to visit Cosmoport in Russia as well as North Cape, the northern part of the Asian landmass.”

After they sailed through the English Channel and arrived in London on 12 October, some cars headed to the Malaysian embassy while others made their way to Docklands.

“The best part and the worst parts of my journey was going through the Himalayas,” said Mahathevan. “Two from the group got altitude sickness and the vehicles suffered as well due to the thin air. But travelling through the Himalayas was also the best part. The scenery was spectacular and out of this world.”

Another academic institution involved with the expedition was the Women’s Institute of Management in Malaysia (WIM), which is a collaborative partner for UEL’s MBA degree.

Before the expedition began, a WIM banner with greetings to UEL was presented to the convoy. On arrival, the banner was handed over to UEL at a special ceremony on the lawn at Docklands attended by Vice-Chancellor Professor John Joughin and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Nora Ann Colton.

Ian Bathgate, Director of Business Development and the Centre for Innovation Management & Enterprise (CIME) at the School of Business and Law, said it was a privilege to have the convoy arrive at UEL at the end of its journey.

“We’re thrilled that one of our students was part of this expedition,” said Mr Bathgate.