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Issue 23, September 2011


2011 ACAA/CPA Australia - Australia China Alumni Awards

The Marriott Beijing North East Ballroom


At the close of the Australia China Alumni Awards nomination period we are happy to announce that we have received around 100 high calibre nominations. Selection of this year's finalists will be very tough and we don't envy the Judging Panel tasked with selecting winners ! We'd like to thank once again all those who nominated and we wish you all the best of luck !


Successful finalists will be contacted in the coming weeks and announced in mid-October.


Venue Announced!


The Australia China Alumni Awards Gala Dinner will be held at the Marriott, Beijing North East.

Tickets to go on sale soon!


Read More »



Announcing our New Patron


The honorable, Mrs Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China


The ACAA is very pleased to announce that the recently appointed new Australian Ambassador to China, Mrs. Frances Adamson, has agreed to become the ACAA's new national patron. When we recently met and briefed Ambassador Adamson, she stressed the importance of building strong people to people ties between Australia and China and feels that alumni play a key role in building the relationship and prosperity of these two great countries.


Ambassador Adamson has pledged her support for the ACAA and thanks all the ACAA current partner universities and corporate sposnors for their support. As Patron of the ACAA, Ambassador Adamson will also endeavour to reach out to those yet to become a part of the ACAA, now the largest Australia-China people-to-people network.


Read More »



ACAA announces an exciting new service for its members!


Australia is looking for skilled people in many industries and locations across the country. AustJOBS, a fast-growing Australian company, helps people who want to go to work in Australia to be found by employers in Australia.


The ACAA has negotiated with AustJOBS for this exciting new service to be available free to any member of the ACAA looking to further their career back in Australia.


Members of the ACAA who want to use this service will build their CV’s in the AustJOBS system using the simple to follow process and built-in template. Then employers and recruiters in Australia use AustJOBS to find people to go and work in Australia. The AustJOBS system connects the employer to the new employee and to migration help if needed.


AustJOBS and the ACAA will soon be rolling out a significant promotional program to promote this new service and to reach out to existing and potential new members of the ACAA in both China and Australia.


AustJOBS is a key partner of the Migration Institute of Australia, the peak body for migration assistance and advice to Australia. This strategic alliance provides ACAA members with profiles in AustJOBS a new pathway to find the best advice and assistance when they need to get their visa for work in Australia.


To start building your online AustJOBS CV, please click here



Farewell Reception for outgoing Shanghai Consul General


Shanghai Consul General, Mr. Tom Connor addressing alumni gathered at his residence in mid-September.


ACAA staff and Alumni at the event


The ACAA along with the team at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai was proud to host a farewell reception for outgoing Shanghai Consul General, Mr. Tom Connor. A Deakin University alumni, Tom has come to the end of his four year term in the position and he and his family are leaving with a strong reputation amongst the Shanghai Australia-China Community. Mr. and Mrs. Connor welcomed approximately 50 alumni to the Consul-General’s Residence to share stories, drinks and some networking. We’d like to thank Mr. Connor and his family for their strong support of the ACAA in Shanghai and surrounds we and wish him the best of luck in his future postings.



BaiQuan Mountain Hike


The group gather at the bottom of the mountain


The group eating a well deserved late lunch/early dinner


34 ACAA alumni and friends gathered early on Saturday, 24 September for a day trip out of Beijing city. Despite many of the attendees being “Lao Beijing Ren,” few had heard of our destination at BaiQuan Mountain, sitting an hour and a half north of the city. The drive up was shortened with more personal introductions and the sharing of a less than healthy brunch of chips, chocolates and biscuits.


Upon arriving the group looked somewhat ominously at the imposing mountain. Although some decided to opt for a shorter hike, most finished the one and a half hour hike to the top of the valley to earn a well deserved rest and a view of the waterfall. The trip back was made shorter and more entertaining with some attendees deciding to go for a swim in the dam and the majority choosing the quicker route of sitting on a speed boat back to the base of the mountain.


At this stage everyone was all but starving and the resulting feast at a nearby local fish restaurant was the perfect way to end the day. Thanks to everyone who attended and we encourage you all to take part again in the hike next year!


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ACAA and Griffith Alumni on Career Development in Shanghai


Griffith University's Nicole Graham with Alumni


The ACAA assisted Nicole Graham, Manager of International Career Development at Griffith University,to invite Griffith University alumni to attend an intimate dinner in Shanghai on September 20.


The small group that attended, despite the heavy downpour of rain, were happy to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet some new ones along the way. Owen Caterer, from Austen Morris Associates, represented the group of Alumni by giving a speech and retelling some stories from his University days.  The conversation of the evening geared mostly around career development and the many entrepreneurs that attended were happy to share their stories.


All that were present had a great night and were emphatic in encouraging Griffith to hold more regular events.



Upcoming Events

Australia China Alumni Awards - Finalist Receptions - Shanghai & Guangzhou


Time and Date TBC in coming week


CPA Alumni of the Year Finalist Dr Shi Zhengrong (founder, Suntech Power Holdings); AEI Young Alumni of the Year Finalist, Jules Kwan (founder, URBN Hotel); Australian Consul General to Shanghai Tom Connor and Dr Hou Minyue, (Deputy-Director of the Australian Studies Center at East China Normal University). at 2010 Finalist Reception



University of New South Wales Alumni Event


When: Sep 27, 18:00 - 20:00

Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing



The University of New South Wales would like to invite all of its China based alumni to an alumni reception in Beijing. This event will be hosted by AO President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Frederick Hilmer.


To attend, please send all RSVP's to: s.zamagias@unsw.edu.au or

register online.


Read More »



The Sydney Business School of the University of Wollongong Annual Alumni Drinks


When: Nov 11, 2011, Time TBC.

Where: Shanghai, Venue TBC.


Professor John Glynn, the Executive Dean, cordially invites you to attend this event which will be a good chance for you to get updated with the latest developments at Sydney Business School and University of Wollongong, to catch up with your old class mates, and to meet some new friends.


The event includes presentations from Professor John Glynn and alumni delegates, and lunch afterwards.


If you are interested in being a guest speaker at the event or assisting with the organisation, please contact Zhu Chen, SBS Promotion and Recruitment Manger, by email czhu@uow.edu.au.

Read More »



Partner News

Chinese University of Newcastle Graduates Shine


Newcastle Alumni at the reception


300 graduates of the University of Newcastle, Australia, descended on Newcastle City Hall in September. From across the Globe – the USA, Asia, the UK and Europe they gathered to celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements of the University’s graduates.


Among them were two graduates from China who proudly put China on the map!


Dr David Zhidong Li was the first person to be awarded a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Newcastle in 2005. Dr Li is currently President of one of the three largest manufacturers of lithium green batteries in the world, Heter Electronics Group and has been a driving force in educating the people of China on green energy.  He has demonstrated his passionate approach by launching a national educational program on environmental friendly and resource saving solutions. He was recognised for National Leadership.


Professor Wei received his PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Newcastle in 2007. Bringing green car research to the forefront with his work as a scientist at CSIRO, Professor Wei has successfully negotiated the establishment of “China Alliance for New Energy Vehicle Innovation” and CSIRO’s Green Car Research China Strategy. In applying his research into nanoscience, Professor Wei has been instrumental in forging strong scientific ties with China and reducing the negative effects of automobile emissions on a world-wide scale. He was recognised for International Leadership.


Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Saunders, said the annual Alumni Awards were an opportunity for the whole city to celebrate the success of its graduates.


“The 2011 awards demonstrate once again that Newcastle graduates are leading in their fields globally.  It is always an honour to pay tribute to their achievements.”


University of South Australia Photography students say “Ni hao Pingyao”


Photography students (L – R) Sundari Carmody, Alice Blanch, Courtney Bignell and Aurelia Carbone


Six UniSA students were selected by Mark Kimber, UniSA’s Studio Head of Photography and New Media, to showcase their work at the 2011 Pingyao International Photography Festival.


Four of the students were so keen to attend that they raised $4300 for their airfares by offering reward packages according to the amount of money individuals pledged. They also baked their way to a further $1000 through an on-campus bake sale and were awarded a $7900 grant from the Helpmann Academy.


Kimber said there will be a section within the internationally recognised festival that showcases the work of up-and-coming photographers from around the world, including the six UniSA students.


“This is the biggest photographic exhibition in China, where the arts scene is huge and growing. Last year, in the week or so that the exhibition ran they had 200,000 visitors. That’s pretty staggering,” he said.


The students - Alice Blanch, Courtney Bignell, Aurelia Carbone, Sundari Carmody, CJ Taylor and James Tylor - represent a range of approaches to photography, from high-end digital techniques to processes that were invented in the 1860s, to showcase work that spans the 160 years of photography’s history.





Griffith University stays connected with their Alumni in Hong Kong


Griffith University Chancellor Ms Leneen Forde AC and Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian O’Connor with Griffith Alumni in Hong Kong.


Griffith University’s annual Hong Kong Alumni Cocktail Reception was held on Saturday evening the 17th September at the Sheraton Kowloon.


The event was hosted by the Chancellor Ms Leneen Forde AC and the Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian O’Connor, who welcomed many alumni and graduating students of 2011. Guests also included representatives from industry and the Queensland Government Trade and Investment Office in Hong Kong. Alumni enjoyed the opportunity to re-connect with Griffith University staff, some of whom deliver the off shore programs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


The Chancellor applauded the Alumni for their commitment and enthusiasm. She also acknowledged the presence of Professor Emeritus Colin Mackerras, who was to give the key note address at the graduation ceremony the following day.


Professor O’Connor thanked guests for their loyal support and gave a brief outline of the achievements of the University since the beginning of the year. He highlighted the significance of 2011 in relation to the 40th Anniversary of the passing of the GU Act by the Queensland Parliament in September 1971. The Vice Chancellor gave a glowing description of the great strides the University is making both in domestic and international rankings.


The current Griffith Hong Kong Alumni committee was well represented and Ms Rebecca Hui in her speech encouraged Griffith graduates to become more involved in the alumni groups’ activities.


Congratulations to Kin Lam, a current and long term serving member of the Alumni committee, who won the door prize of two return air tickets from Hong Kong to Coolangatta donated by Air Asia and five nights’ accommodation donated by Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise.



RMIT Students engaging with China through UMAP scholarship

RMIT UMAP Scholarship recipients


A group of 15 RMIT students are continuing in their learning process by completing a semester of study at Tianjin Normal University. The students on the University Mobility in the Asia Pacific scholarship will continue to build their credentials and real life experience by living in China for the remainder of the year and engaging with local television stations and officials.
The highly diverse group built up of International Studies, Photography and Psychology students are looking to launch their international careers through this medium whilst being cautious of not catching the famed 'China Bug.'

Greetings from the ACAA!

The ACAA continues to grow apace, now engaging more than 5,600 alumni across China. Over the past month we've been as busy as ever, arranging coporate sponsorship for the Alumni Awards, organizing our annual hike in Beijing, meeting with visitors from Deakin Uni, Griffith university and ACPET, and securing new partnerships and services for our members !


We’re very pleased to welcome our newest corporate partner, AustJOBS. AustJOBS is a service helping people from all over the world find employment and secure migration to Australia. The ACAA is happy to announce that all ACAA members are now able to register for this service and can upload their CV online so that thousands of Australian employers can have you on their radar! So if you are looking for a job in Australia, look no further than AustJOBS.


We are also pleased to announce that the 2011 Australia China Alumni Awards will be held at the stylish and conveniently located Marriott Beijing North East hotel. Tickets will go on sale soon but remember to keep the evening of Sat 12 November free to be amongst the many prestigious guests present on the night.


If you are an alumnus of a non-partner university keep an eye on the ACAA website over the coming months with some possible new University partner additions just around the corner.


Finally we’d like to welcome a new member of the ACAA family. The recently appointed new Australian Ambassador to China, Mrs. Frances Adamson, has happily agreed to become our new national patron. Along with all of us here, she is an adamant believer in the important role alumni play in the bilateral relationship and we look forward to her support over the next few years.


We are certain everyone is excited about the upcoming holiday. We hope you can take some time out for rest and relaxation and we look forward to seeing lots of rejuvenated alumni at our events in October and November.


Best Wishes


The ACAA Team

Join Our Team


The ACAA is looking for a highly motivated individual to join its South China Team.


Position: Director of Communications and Development (Southern China)


Salary Package: Competitive (negotiable)


Work Type: Immediate start with full time or part time (negotiable)

Learn More »


To apply email Rebecca Geng at info@AustChinaAlumni.org with a cover letter outlining how your skills and professional experience equip you for this role (maximum length one page) and your resume and contact details for at least two referees.


Alumni Profile

Tom Mattessi

Deakin University



Tom Mattessi likes his music one way - loud. This entrepreneurial Deakin Alumni, holding a bachelor degree in business (sports management), is taking his management abilities to a new level supporting and managing the international tours of a number of foreign rock bands around China with his company, This Town Touring.


This Town Touring specialises in bringing Australian bands to play in China. In the last year they have brought more than 10 bands to over 20 cities in China.


want to volunteer?

email: thistown@hotmail.com


Apart from being a sporting enthusiast, playing in a few bands and touring with a few more, Tom is also all but fluent in Chinese and loves the unpredictability of living in Beijing.


He also shares an interest in the Australia-China relationship and has a simple solution for promotion and understanding.


"…There are people from both countries who are really curious about the other country and keen to learn more about the other country by meeting people and talking. Musicians especially... Australians are generally good at traveling. When they come here they want to eat all the food, meet the people, and are usually willing to try anything. They are curious and open minded and in most cases really down to earth. So most rock bands are usually good ambassadors for Australia…"


Upcoming Tour Dates:



28/9, Beijing, MAO Live House

29/9, XinXiang, ARK Live House

30/9, Wuhan, VOX

1/10, Shanghai, 育音堂


For more information visit: www.thistowntouring.com


AFL Grand Final this weekend



For those that don't mind a bit of Australian Football, the AFL Grand Final of the 2011 Seaon will be played this coming Saturday, 1st October.


The game will be shown live at a number of locations around China. We've highlighted below a few good options where you can go and join the Australian crowd to help support Geelong in their impending victory over Collingwood.


Game starts at 12:00 noon. Arrive by 11:30am for a seat !


Beijing: Grand Final Flyer Click Here

150 RMB with part proceeds going to support the Beijing Bombers AFL Club


Guangzhou: The Paddy Field

Breakfast to be served from 9:45-11:30 (RMB 175 includes breakfast, drinks and chance to win some great prizes kindly donated by our sponsors.)

Half the tickets already sold.


ACAA Education Committee Update



The inaugural ACAA-EC industry round table event was held on August 30. The event, attended by fifteen international education professionals, represented three countries (Australia, UK and the USA) and eleven universities. The group was also lucky to have present visiting professional Eva Chye, from the University of Western Australia, as well as Lei XiaoFeng from Australian Education International, Beijing. The round table allowed for open and free communications between all participants. This manner of discussion led to some valuable insights and workable suggestions for all those attending, including Australian government representatives.


A copy of the meeting outcomes will be available for download from our Publications page of the ACAA website shortly.


For more information on the ACAA Education committee please

visit our website or email EducationCommittee@AustChinaAlumni.org


Australian University seeking China based Academics


Exciting opportunities are now available for qualified China based business academics.


Charles Sturt University has established 4 joint programs in Changchun, Tianjin, Yangzhou and Kunming and is now on the lookout for up to 8 academics to teach at any one of these destinations in two week blocks, four times a year.


The area of subject expertise sought are:

• International Business Practice
• Global Marketing Management
• International Dimensions of Human Resource Management
• Trade and Business Finance
• Managing Global Business
• Strategy and Corporate Governance
• Global Business Project Management
• Organizational Change


Remuneration will be in accordance with Australian University Standards.


To find out more details and to apply please, read more on our website.



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Upcoming Conference


Globalisation and Imagination:

The 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China


July 2012

Xihua University


Scholars are invited to participate in the 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China, which will be held by Xihua University between 6 and 8 July, 2012. The Conference is to be sponsored by the Australia China Council under Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and supported by the National Association of Australian Studies in China.


The theme of the conference is Globalisation and Imagination. The year 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between China and Australia. The past four decades have witnessed a burgeoning globalisation trend in the world, which has tremendously changed almost every nation’s imagination of themselves and others. The theme of this conference is deliberately broad in scope and aims to generate an open space for participants to share their thoughts on Australia’s national imagination and the new developments, challenges and opportunities in China and Australia’s perception on each other. We believe such a space for dialogues will strengthen mutual understanding and trust between the peoples of China and Australia, and promote further development of Australian Studies in China.


The Conference welcomes papers discussing topics in the following areas:

  • Australian history;
  • Australian literature;
  • Australian culture and media;
  • Sino-Australian relationship and Australian foreign relations;
  • Australian politics;
  • Australian economy;
  • Indigenous studies;
  • Ethnic relations in Australia;
  • Australian language and culture
  • Political, economic, cultural and education exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia;
  • Studies on Chinese Australians ; and
  • any other related topics.

The working language of the Conference is English. Participants who submit and present their papers in Chinese are requested to distribute an English abstract of the paper at the Conference.


The information about the Conference will appear on the official website of Australian Studies in China, www.austudies.org.cn.



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Deakin University Delegation to China


Deakin VC, Senior Staff and Guests


A delegation of senior staff from Deakin University visited Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan between 23-28 August, 2011.  The delegation included the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development), Ms Robin Buckham; and the Pro Vice-Chancellors of Deakin’s four faculties.  The purpose of the visit was to build new and deepen existing relationships with academic and research institutions, government organisatons, agents and alumni. 


The visit incorporated well-attended alumni events in Beijing and Shanghai.  These events provided the opportunity for Deakin alumni to engage with Deakin’s senior staff and other members of the Deakin alumni community. Mr Terence Egan, former Deakin academic and graduate, delivered a speech entitled ‘Five quick ideas to boost your career’ at the Beijing alumni event, held at the Australian Embassy. Mr Lawrence Lau, who graduated with a Deakin MBA in 2004, was the guest speaker at the Shanghai alumni event, held at the Westin Bund Centre Shanghai.





Former Bosch China President addresses University of Western Australia Alumni


John Dell, Dr Peter Pang and Tony O'Donnell



Former President of Bosch in China, Dr Peter Pang, was guest speaker at a recent cocktail party in Shanghai for alumni from The University of Western Australia.


Dr Pang, who graduated from The University of Western Australia in 1972 with a Bachelor of Engineering, also received an Honorary Doctorate from UWA in April this year.


He told the gathering he had benefited a great deal from the knowledge, experience and spirit he gained as an overseas student at UWA and resident at the St. George’s College.


“When I look back now, I can see the university years were the turning point in my life...The free and open Australian way of life added another dimension to my way of thinking which influenced extensively my personal development in the years later.”


More than 90 graduates attended the event, which was held at one of Asia’s best restaurants, M on the Bund in Shanghai.

Winthrop Professor John Dell, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, and the Dean of Sciences, Winthrop Professor Tony O’Donnell, hosted the function.


M on the Bund is owned by Australian, Michelle Garnaut, who was delighted to provide the venue for the event. Situated in the old part of town, the terrace has fabulous views of the Bund River.


Professor Dell told guests two new independent rankings had confirmed the University’s growing national and international reputation.


“Australia’s foremost independent university rating body – The Good Universities Guide – rates The University of Western Australia as the State’s leading university and one of the nation’s best,” he said.


This rating followed the release of the Shanghai Jiao Tong World University Rankings, in which UWA now ranked 110th in the world, Professor Dell said.


“We were also ranked 33rd in the world in Life and Agricultural Sciences; at 51-75 in the world for Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy; and at 76-100 in the individual subject of Chemistry.”

Read Dr Pang's Full Speech »



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