Vice-Chancellor's blog and selected speeches

Updates from the VC’s Office about the work and activities of the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey.

Welcome – High Sheriff Youth Awards

Good evening, everyone. My name is Max Lu. As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, I’m delighted to welcome all of you here, and to meet many inspiring students who share our aspiration to make the world a better place. Their ambition and drive to achieve never fails to inspire me. I would also like […]


Speech – 2022 Surrey Forum for Blockchain Applications

Good afternoon, everyone.  On behalf of the University, I am delighted to welcome you all to this Forum. Today this Forum offers us the chance to better understand the global Blockchain landscape, and imagine the future world in the metaverse enabled by blockchain. This is a wonderful opportunity to be inspired to work toward a […]


Speech – Launch of The Future Says Surrey Campaign

Your Royal Highness and Chancellor, colleagues, alumni, students, and friends: good afternoon. Whether you are here on campus in Guildford – or watching online from around the world – may I extend my warmest welcome to you all. And we are so delighted to be joined by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, who […]


Speech – Tree-planting to celebrate HRH The Duke of Kent’s 45th anniversary as Chancellor

Your Royal Highness and Chancellor, Lord Lieutenant, members of the University Council, distinguished guests, University colleagues and students: I am so delighted to welcome His Royal Highness back to our campus today to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his Chancellorship. So strong is his commitment and support to this University, so deeply-rooted is his impact […]


Speech — Graduation Welcome Address, July 2021

Firstly, thank you to the Cathedral team for allowing us to hold today’s ceremony in this magnificent setting. Your Royal Highness and Chancellor, members of the University Council, University staff, distinguished guests, our graduands, and ladies and gentlemen: Good afternoon!


Speech — RAEng and CESAER Joint Conference: ‘Key Technologies — Shaping the Future,’ Opening Remarks, 1 July 2021

Good afternoon, and welcome everybody! For those who don’t know me, my name is Max Lu, and I am the chair of the joint Key Technologies Task Force that has organised this conference. My day job is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. CESAER, the association of universities of science and technology in […]


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