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A surprise alumni coincidence

It seems like a small world when you go to an event and discover another Concord alumnus, then a chain of surprising coincidences...
8 Jun 2023
Bahrain
Catch Up:Friends
Emad and Ramzi's surprise meeting in Bahrain
Emad and Ramzi's surprise meeting in Bahrain

Take two Concord alumni; Ramzi Alsweidi who went to Concord in Acton Burnell from 1982 to 1987, and Emad Almoayed, a Concord alumnus who was one of the last students to go to Tunbridge Wells, graduating in 1973. 

In May this year, Ramzi escorted his son, Faisal, a talented young Bahraini, to be awarded Bahrain's Crown Prince Awards for University Scholarship support.

Coincidentally Emad was there too with his nephew Adam who was also one of this very select group being honoured for his high grades and academic records.

To their knowledge, Ramzi and Emad had nothing in common and had never met before...but while they were chatting discovered to their surprise that both had been educated at Concord College, but 14 years apart. 

Despite their age gap they both were taught by, and fondly remember, Tony Morris and Jack Philips.

They also then discovered that they had both attended Concord's alumni reunion in Bahrain in 2007...and that in the group photo with Tony Morris and Neil Hawkins, they were standing right next to each other!

But it doesn't end there...

Emad's son, Mohammed got his university degree from Suffolk University in Boston, the same university Ramzi went to!

More about Ramzi

While at Concord Ramzi was head of the Arab Society and a prefect and lived with Mr & Mrs Morris in the Village Shop dorms. After leaving Concord in 1987, Ramzi went to Suffolk University in Boston

More about Emad

After leaving Concord in 1973, Emad went on The University of Birmingham, to become a Production Engineer.

What next for Faisal?

Ramzi's son, Faisal did his higher IB in Bahrain and graduated as a Valadictorian. He plans to go to the East Coast to major in economics... and says he wishes he was taught by Mr Morris.

What next for Adam?

Adam is currently taking his A-Levels and is planning to go to King’s College to study International Relations in September. His hobbies include debating, geography (which he has 3 Guinness World Records in), playing the piano which he has done for 13 years, and loves learning languages (he speaks French fluently & is currently learning Mandarin). He would have made a great Concordian like his uncle!

Best wishes to all of them and thank you for sharing your stories!

If you have a story to tell, please share it with us by emailing alumni@concordcollege.org.uk or by uploading it using the link at the bottom of this page: https://alumni.concordcollegeuk.com/pages/networking

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