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ACAA News 

Realising Synergies for Australia-China Relations: ACAA, AustCham Beijing and ACYA sign landmark MOU

The Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Austcham Beijing and the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) on Friday, December 10.

Although the three organizations have been loosely cooperating on projects that offer benefits to their members for some time, in recent months they have sought to identify and progress closer and more effective collaboration. The MOU formalizes cooperation across three areas: better coordination of event calendars, a commitment to co-host regular joint events, and ongoing strategic dialogue around enhanced collaboration.

His Excellency, the Australian Ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby, witnessed the signing. "The Australian government is very pleased to see AustCham, the ACAA and ACYA deepening their cooperation. We value highly the work of each of these organisations and are supportive of these efforts to enhance collaboration," he said.
 
Celebrating Christmas with the ACAA in Beijing 

Spirits were high as more than 90 Australian alumni and friends converged on the new CBD restaurant and bar Gori for the ACAA Christmas Party on Saturday, December 11. The friendly, diverse crowd enjoyed sampling the drinks and buffet dinner as they mingled and celebrated the start of the silly season.

ACAA Founder and Steering Committee Member Ed Smith took the mike to tell the alumni of the ACAA's achievements in a busy 2010 and promised more to come in 2011. He presented more than 20 lucky door prizes to the fortunate few, including bottles of wine and meat vouchers from Elders, spa vouchers from Kocoon, designer clothes and pizza from Maomaochong, a dinner voucher from Gori, weekend brunch vouchers at SWITCH! and Capital M, and a one year family membership at The Bookworm.
 
Deakin alumnus Ting Liu was the envy of many when he scooped the grand prize, a fully catered cocktail party for 20 people at his home or office worth RMB7,000 and provided courtesy of catering company Culinary Capers. The ACAA thanks all the prize sponsors for their generous support. To see the photos from the night, please click on our online album.

Tianjin Alumni Celebrate Christmas with the ACAA

It was a grey winter's day as Tianjin alumni their friends and family gathered together to enjoy some Christmas cheer in a beautiful renovated villa in the city's former British concession area. It brightened quickly, however, as alumni donned their red santa hats and tucked into a lunch of turkey, roasted vegetables, freshly baked breads, and other Christmas fare at Chateau 35 Wine Bar and Bistro.

The Christmas gathering was the first Australia China Alumni Association event to be held in Tianjin. The ACAA plans to build upon its success to build a sustainable and vibrant alumni community in Tianjin.

Swinburne University of Technology alumni Bernie Delaney and Daniel D’Urso were two of the attendees enjoying some early Christmas cheer. Bernie is general manager of leading international glass packaging company O-I Tianjin Mould Company and Daniel is establishing a business that supplies organic foods to the Tianjin area.

They were joined by University of Queensland alumnus and Director of the Center of Professional Development at Raffles Design Institute Chen Huiying (Alex Chen), Deakin alumna and Tianjin International SOS Clinic Manager Natalie Ebden, and University of Technology Sydney alumna Jennifer Catterson, who is currently studying Chinese at Nankai University on a Confucius Institute scholarship.

The ACAA were very pleased to welcome Dr Wei Chaoyi, Chief Representative of the Melbourne City Council’s Tianjin Office to the Christmas luncheon. ACAA Director and Founder Edward Smith and ACAA Regional Project Officer Veronica Walker travelled from Beijing to attend the event. Visit our online album to see photos of the event.  

If you are interested in working with the ACAA to build its network of Tianjin alumni, please contact Veronica Walker at veronica.walker@AustChinaAlumni.org.

Hidden Gold: Australia China Young Professionals
 
Twenty young professionals gained an insight into the industries of the future and candid feedback about the role Australian graduates can play in the Chinese market place at the inaugural Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative (ACYPI) on Thursday 9 December.
 
The inaugural event featured two exceptional speakers – Catherine Chan, University of Sydney alumna, former climate change lawyer and consultant, and Tom Luckock, Monash University alumnus and Partner at Rose Norton LLP. They discussed "Hidden Gold: China's untapped potential in niche industries".
 
The ACYP Initiative was born out of the collaboration of three Australia China organizations: the Australia China Alumni Association, AustCham Beijing and the Australia China Youth Association.

Working For The UN: Australia China Alumni Perspectives

It was a sell-out event as more than 80 ACAA members and friends converged on The Bookworm to hear from three Australian-educated senior UN officials on Thursday, December 2. The panelists provided a refreshingly candid discussion of the ins and outs of working for the UN, as the panelists traced the trajectories of their careers and fielded questions from an eager crowd.

Mark Stirling, Country Manager of the United Nations World AIDS Program and Monash University alumnus, shared a journey that included 25 years working on child development for UNICEF and for the UNAIDS program in Africa before he took up his current position in China.

Anthea Webb described how she landed her current position and self-described "dream job": Director of the United Nations World Food Program in China. She described how she forged her career in international development from a humble beginning as a volunteer in the local St Vinnie’s chapter in Bathurst while she was still a student at Charles Sturt University. Anthea also has a Masters in International Politics from the Australian National University.

Luo Xiang, National Program Director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization - Investment and Technology Promotion Office (UNIDO – ITPO), summarized the lessons he has learnt working for the UN for eight years as the three "L's". Roy has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Australia.

The event was co‑hosted by the Australia China Alumni Association, the Australia China Youth Association and the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Beijing). Visit our online album to see photos of the event.

Australia China Alumni Join AustCham Fujian Aussie BBQ Party

Australia China alumni and members of the Australia China business community celebrated Christmas in Xiamen on Saturday, December 4, at the AustCham Fujian and the Xiamen Australian Investment Association’s (XAIA) Aussie Christmas BBQ Party. At the BBQ, members of the Australia China community enjoyed the opportunity to meet over a fine glass of Australian wine.

AustCham Fujian and XAIA is a non-profit organisation founded in 2009 that promotes Australian business member interests in Fujian Province. The AustCham Fujian Board is led by Macquarie University alumnus James Rein, who is also Chief Executive Officer of the Javaromas Food and Beverage Company Ltd. The Aussie BBQ Party was supported by the ACAA, which hopes to continue working with AustCham Fujian and the Xiamen Australian Investment Association to build a strong alumni network in the province.


Upcoming Events  
 
BEIJING - University of Sydney's Sports and Rehabilitation Symposium (An ACAA Supported Event)

When: Friday, December 17
Where: Peking University Health Science Center

Alumni and friends of the University of Sydney interested in latest developments in sports and rehabilitation science, are cordially invited to join us at a special symposium at Peking University. Click here for further details and booking methods.


SHANGHAI - Aussie Xmas Masquerade
 
When: Saturday, Dec 18 2010, 8pm to 10pm
Where: Club M1NT, Level 24, 318 Fuzhou Rd
Price: RMB100 presales /RMB130 at door (includes one drink)
RSVP: To Rona at info@austchinaalumni.org
 
Come celebrate the start of the silly season in style at our Aussie Xmas Masquerade. Dress to impress is the theme of the night, there will be prizes to be won and plenty of fun as you groove away for charity at one of Shanghai's top venues.

All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to help the victims of the November 15 Jing-An Fire. More than 400 families lost everything in this fire and they now desperately need warm clothing to help them through the chilly winter. If you would like to do more to help them, you can donate your old and unwanted clothing to them by dropping it off at our Shanghai office.

The first 50 ACAA members to contact our office for pre-sale tickets will win a free one month VPN subscription from KYVPN!


HONG KONG - University of Queensland Xmas Party (An ACAA Supported Event)

When: Saturday, December 18, 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Where: Shop B, Basement, The Pinncale, 8 Minden Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui
Cost: HK$200 members/ HK$250 non-members (includes food and unlimited soft drinks)
 
Celebrate Christmas with University of Queensland alumni in Hong Kong! Please bring a gift valued at around HK$50 to exchange with others.

 
HONG KONG -The University of Sydney's "Sharing the Success" Career Dinner (An ACAA Supported Event)
 
When: Thursday, January 20, 7pm to 9:30pm
Where: World Trade Center Club, Causeway Bay
Cost: HK$420 Alumni / HK$100 Young Alumni

The University of Sydney Hong Kong Alumni Association would like to cordially invite all University of Sydney alumni and their guests to join them for their first ever career and mentoring dinner. Visit their website for more details on the event and to book your tickets.


BEIJING - Red Handed: The Red Light Revolution Art Auction and Party (An ACAA Supported Event)

When: January 22, 6pm-10pm
Where: Salud Bar, 66 NanLuoGuXiang
Entry: 50 yuan at the door (includes a glass of wine or beer)

Film meets art as Chinese and international artists display works made from original adult toy props used in the comedy film "Red Light Revolution". Join in the silent auction and get your very own film memorabilia, or just browse and have a drink. Proceeds will go to help bring the film to audiences around China. For more information, see the website. If you are interested in contributing an art piece, you can email the organizers.
 
Partner News 

Macquarie University Applied Finance Program Graduation Ceremony in Beijing

The 4th annual Beijing Graduation Ceremony for the Macquarie University Applied Finance Program was held on November 13 in Beijing, hosted by Macquarie's partner Tsinghua University. Xia Guangzhi, Vice Director of Office of International Cooperation and Exchange at Tsinghua University, gave the welcoming address. The Occasional Address was given by an alumni of the Masters Program, Ms Yvette Ip, Senior Industry Expert, Longtop Group. It was followed by a Graduate Address given by Mr Kevin Wu.

Presiding over the ceremony, Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor Dr Malcolm Irving welcomed 34 graduates of the Program, with the awards witnessed by many happy families and friends. Many Beijing graduates work full time whilst completing this high level program, and with the smiles on show it was clearly worth it.


Griffith University Welcomes Australia-China Futures Dialogues Visiting Fellowship 2010 Award Holder Shanding Zhou

Shanding Zhou, award holder of the Australia-China Futures Dialogues Visiting Fellowship 2010, has returned to Griffith University after a three month visit to China. During his time in China, Zhou undertook research at Peking University, focusing on China’s political culture, changes to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s ideology and political system.


The Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University established the fellowship in collaboration with the Queensland State Government and Peking University. An agreement was established to develop a future-orientated partnership between Australia and China. This partnership will focus on how the region will evolve in the next 20 years and how this evolution can be shaped.

The partnership includes three initiatives: an annual Leader's Lecture on Asia's future, an annual Second-Track Dialogue on Asia's future and an annual Emerging Leaders' Dialogue for graduate students incorporating fellowships and student exchanges. The Dialogues will be conceptually linked around the overarching theme of Charting a Common Future: China, Australia and the Region Beyond 2020.

Griffith University Business Student from China wins State Award … Twice
 
Southbank Institute of Technology (SBIT) graduate and Griffith University Business student Quan (Jack) Liu was named Alumnus of the Year at the 2010 Queensland Education and Training International (QETI) Awards for Excellence.
 
The awards, held November 10 in Brisbane's Parliament House, marked the second time Quan Liu won the title, as he received the same award at the Queensland-China QETI Awards for Excellence in his home country, China, earlier this year. The presentation took place at the Australia Pavilion at the World Exposition 2010 in Shanghai.
 

After completing his high school studies in China, Liu moved to Australia in 2007 to undertake a Diploma of Hospitality and Certificate III in Patisserie at SBIT. In 2009, as a fully qualified chef, Liu took advantage of Griffith’s articulation arrangement with SBIT, which provides a pathway for students to complete their degrees at Griffith, and successfully enrolled in a Bachelor Business.
 
Majoring in Hotel Management, Liu has added to his degree qualifications through his training and employment in the hospitality industry. He will graduate from Griffith University on December 14 with a Bachelor in Business (Hotel, Tourism, Event, Real Estate, Property and Sport). He plans to launch his career as a professional hotelier in Brisbane.

Swinburne University Delegation Visits China


A delegation of senior staff from Swinburne University of Technology travelled to China in November to participate in a series of open day events at partner universities, including the Chinese University of Mining and Technology, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine and the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Designed for students currently studying in joint programs and interested in continuing study in Australia, the open days featured Australian cultural activities and presentations by Swinburne staff and parents of graduates who spoke of their feelings when children returned home as confident scholars. Swinburne graduates also provided an insight into life as a student in Australia.  

Ben Mackenzie, Director of International Partnerships at Swinburne, led the delegation. He said the visit provided an opportunity for information and cultural exchange and demonstrated Swinburne's continued commitment to expand and strengthen its relationships in China, particularly with alumni.

As part of the delegation's tour, Swinburne also held an informal networking event on November 4 at Palette Vino with about 30 alumni, staff and friends of Swinburne in attendance.


Swinburne has had an active presence in China since the mid 1990s and continues to broaden and strengthen its relationships and networks in China.

 
CQUni Professor Lands Prestigious Yangtze River Chair
 
CQUniversity has expressed pride after Professor Qing-Long Han was appointed as a prestigious Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) Chair Professor by China's Ministry of Education.
 
An Associate Dean of Research at CQUni's Rockhampton Campus, Professor Han is one of only three Australia-based academics to be recognized in the current program. He received the honor in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of Control Theory and Control Engineering.
 
The program, jointly established by China's Ministry of Education and the Li Ka-Shing Foundation in 1998, aims to rapidly develop and improve the quality of research conducted at China's major research universities by engaging Chang Jiang Scholars. It aims to attract, select and create a group of world leaders for advanced research in all areas of higher education. It is the highest recognition program from China's Ministry of Education. The appointments are made based on nation-wide competition among the nominees by Chinese universities.

As part of his award, Professor Han will conduct collaborative research at the East China University of Science and Technology over the next three years. According to China's Ministry of Education, China has selected 99 Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professors from foreign countries under the 2009 program.


Australia's First Science and Technology Confucius Institute Opens at UQ

Australia's first science and technology focused Confucius Institute was officially opened at The University of Queensland (UQ) on Friday, November 19.
 
The UQ Confucius Institute was established through a partnership with Chinese science and technology institution, Tianjin University, and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in China. The Chinese, Australian and Queensland governments also provided support.

UQ Confucius Institute Director, Professor Ping Chen, said the institute had a unique focus on intermeshing language and culture with science, engineering and technology. It will offer a range of new courses and host public lectures exploring Chinese language and culture across a range of disciplines.

 
Sydney Alumni Shine at Shanghai Expo       

The University of Sydney's Chinese alumni took part in a series of events at the close of the Shanghai Expo. 
 
Three of the University's most celebrated alumni – Professor Du Ruiqing, Professor Yang Chaoguang and Professor Qian Jiaoru – traveled to Shanghai for the launch of a book, We Band of Brothers, celebrating their lifetime achievements. The three professors were part of the first group of Chinese students – the Gang of Nine – selected by the Chinese Government to study in Australia after the Cultural Revolution.
 
They also saw a performance of the audio-visual show Music and the Cosmos, a spectacular celebration of astronomy and music involving astronomers from the School of Physics and musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The show was also attended by many other Sydney graduates who have now returned to China.  
 
The University of Sydney invested heavily in the Expo, hosting six academic forums and other events as well as managing eight high-level roundtables on behalf of the Australian and NSW Governments. The final event managed by the University was a roundtable chaired by Ambassador Geoff Raby on China Studies in Australia. Sydney is establishing a China Studies Centre in 2011, to build upon its leadership in Australia-China research and education partnerships.
 
"The return on our investment in the Expo will be incalculable," said Professor John Hearn, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International. "There is no question that involvement in the Expo will help advance our status and recognition as the most active Australian university in China."

 
UoW's Sydney Business School Hosts Alumni Reunion in Shanghai   
 
Fifty-three alumni from a wide range of disciplines attended the alumni reunion hosted by the University of Wollongong's Sydney Business School. Guest speakers for the evening included the Associate Dean of SBS and the Faculty of Commerce, Associate Professor Gary Noble, as well as Patrick Jin, Vice President of Sales at Bluescope Steel (China), and Frankie Zhang, a UOW graduate.
 
Patrick Jin, who graduated with an MBA in 2003, shared his own story of success from his journey as a management trainee into a senior position at Bluescope Steel. Associate Professor Gary Noble gave a presentation that provided guests with the latest developments at UOW, including the relocation of SBS and the overall ranking and expectations for alumni based in China. Frankie Zhang concluded the buffet dinner with a presentation about his study experience at UOW and the fond memories he has of Wollongong.

Feedback received on the night was positive with many alumni indicating that they would be keen to come along to another gathering in 2011.


Deakin University Alumni Gather for "Are Entrepreneurs Burning the Earth?" Seminar
 
A lively group of alumni from Deakin and other Australian universities gathered in Shanghai on the evening of November 22.
 
The focal point of the evening was a seminar presentation by Dr Howard Frederick, Professor of Entrepreneurship, in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University. Addressing the somewhat 'hot' topic, "Are Entrepreneurs Burning Earth? Can They Help Save the Planet?" Professor Frederick argued that human-induced climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the human race in the 21st century.
 
Entrepreneurs have played a major role in contributing to our current dilemma. For example, small-scale entrepreneurs have made their contribution to the planetary crisis by helping to destroy areas of rainforest. Up until the present, entrepreneurs have not always valued nature as a living ecosystem. Nonetheless, entrepreneurs could actually help save the planet by generating positive impacts through value adding and eliminating designed waste, duplication, disposability, planned obsolescence and wasteful end purposes.
 
Following the seminar (held at the Mesa Manifesto bar) the group continued to dinner at a nearby restaurant. This gave the Shanghai-based alumni an opportunity to exchange ideas with the Deakin students on a study tour. Many on the tour had not been to China previously. The evening's discussion ranged from issues of sustainability and the business response to that challenge through the nature of doing business in China and Australia.
 

New Sino-Australian Business Research Centre established at Newcastle

The University of Newcastle has partnered with the South China University of Technology to form a new Sino-Australia Business Research Centre. The Centre will compare economic development and growth of the Chinese and Australian economies and will collaborate with a range of government and non-government sponsors.

Professor Mike Calford, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Newcastle and Professor Zhu Min, Vice President International at South China University of Technology, were both on hand to sign the agreement.
 
The Centre will provide comparative studies of the development of business in China and Australia. Research conducted will also analyse how human resource management practices and policies influence business performance.

The cooperation will allow for the funding of mutually agreed projects between the two organisations, staff exchanges to conduct joint research and knowledge sharing will take place in 2011 when faculty from the Newcastle Business School will visit South China University of Technology for academic workshops

Further, Professor Calford has pledged up to three postgraduate scholarships, comprising tuition fees and AUS $22, 200 living allowances to support students from South China University of Technology in PhD studies at Newcastle with the University.

Deakin University Unveils China Study Program 2011
 
What's the best way to promote internationalization, learn about other peoples cultures and how they do business?  By experiencing it first hand through international study. The Deakin Graduate School of Business’ postgraduate China Study Program aims to help students gain international know-how by supplementing academic content with innovation and flexibility in teaching and learning.
 
In 2010, this three-week intensive program offered two MBA subjects (International Business Management and Human Resource Management) from November 19 to December 9. Students had the opportunity to learn how business operates in China, to build strong business networks and be immersed in the social environment through exploration of historical and cultural sites.
 
Students participated in seminars by Deakin University staff and senior academic staff from the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai. They heard guest lectures from government officials and business leaders, and visited a range of international and local companies in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Site visits included Coles Group Asia, ANZ Bank Shanghai, IBM, Omnicom, Hong Kong Port and DHL, plus local Chinese and Hong Kong-based companies such as Wahaha (China's largest beverage company), Heilan Group, Neway and Beijing Tong Ren Tang.

Over the past eight years, 177 students from countries as diverse as Australia, Columbia, China, Cambodia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the USA have participated in the program, which will run again in 2011. For more information, please contact Annyce Turlea at annyce.turlea@deakin.edu.au or visit the website.
 
 
 

Season's Greetings from the ACAA!
 
As we head towards the silly season, it's time to reflect on the year that was. 2010 has been a busy year for the ACAA, as our organization has continued to grow and host successful events for Australian alumni in China.

Our flagship annual Australia China Alumni Awards were bigger and better than ever before this year, with 54 finalists drawn from more than 150 nominations. More than 280 people attended the awards ceremony, including The Hon Geoff Raby, Australian Ambassador to China, and the CEOs/Presidents of ANZ, Bosch, GM and many other leading companies.

It was a good year for alumni to meet visiting dignitaries. We held receptions for their excellencies Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, and the Minister for Tertiary Education, the Hon Senator Chris Evans. We also had the opportunity to introduce some alumni to the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

We also increased our efforts to reach out to alumni based outside Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. We held our first ever event in Tianjin (see the story under ACAA news in this newsletter), made an alumni trip to Qingdao and appointed a new volunteer coordinator in Shenzhen, Troy Waller.  

We now partner with 23 universities across Australia and reach out to more than 5,000 alumni across China. We have signed an Memorandum of Understanding with AustCham Beijing and the Australia China Youth Association to formalize our plans for future collaboration.

We plan to continue growing and offering excellent events in 2011. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to meeting you at one of our events soon.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and happy New Year,
 
The ACAA Team
 
 
 
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Special deal on Xmas Day Lunch at SWITCH! @ UCCA in the 798 Arts District
 
On Christmas Day, December 25, SWITCH! will be offering a Turkey lunch with all the favourite sides and traditional steamed Christmas pudding. The restaurant will welcome and support all ACAA members by offering them and their families a 10% discount on the meal.

The Christmas lunch will cost RMB288 per person. A large variety of quality wines and cocktails can be purchased from the bar.

Cash or credit card deposit is required as confirmation of group bookings.

For all restaurant bookings and information contact Adam at SWITCH via email or phone 10 5978 4915.
 
 
Special Deal on KY VPN for ACAA Members
 
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Alumni News

Congratulations to Macquarie University MGSM alumni Michael MacMillan (Managing Director of Vizualize) and Mac Chan (Chief Architect and Technology Director of Visualize). Their company Visualize was selected as one of the top 100 up and coming technology companies in Asia by Red Herring.
 
Andrew Low, University of Sydney alumnus, has left his position as head of Asian business at  Macquarie Capital Advisors after 6 years to set up new company RedBridge Grant Samuel, a new independent advisory and funds business serving clients in the Asia-Pacific region.
 
Brendan Harkin
, founder of X Media Lab, has been awarded the prestigious International Contribution Award at the Fifth China Creative Industry Awards. The internationally acclaimed creative think-tank, X Media Lab, has now established itself firmly within the digital media industry. Brendan is a Monash University alumnus.
 
David Rosenthal has been appointed as a Board Director for the AustCham Shanghai Board of Directors, replacing Darren Lewis from Sai Cheng Logistics. David is the Associate Director, Corporate & Institutional Relationships of ANZ China. David is a University of New South Wales alumnus.

The ACAA congratulates the 15 Australians who were awarded the 2010 ACC Austcham Scholarships. Several scholars from ACAA partner universities were honored with the scholarship, including Katrie Lowe (UTS), David Shaw (UQ), Bethany Mann (RMIT), Andrew Tang-Smith (Curtin), Samuel Wearne (Deakin), Si Qi Wen (USyd) and Selene Wong (RMIT).

We also congratulate all the alumni who work at the companies honored with the Austcham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards.
 
 
Australia China alumna takes part in the Bookworm International Literature Festival
 



As the 2010 Shanghai World Expo came to a close, Australian National University alumna and Personal Assistant to the Commissioner General of the Australian Pavilion, Giulia Fabris started to turn her thoughts to her next job.
 
She found the perfect opportunity advertised on the ACAA jobs board. Working as Logistics Manager for The Bookworm International Literary Festival would combine her two great loves - Beijing and books!

Giulia landed the job and is now busy prepping for the festival, which will kick off in March 2011 with an extensive line up of leading international authors, poets, journalists and other literary folk. The festival will also feature exceptional Australian writers courtesy of Australian Writer's Week.

If Beijing and books sound like your passion too, here's your chance to get involved.

Giulia is currently seeking festival volunteers to lend a hand with a wide range of tasks, such as assisting with publicity, managing technical requirements and escorting visiting authors up the Great Wall. If this sounds like your cup of tea, email giulia@beijingbookworm.com to find out how you can get involved.

The Bookworm International Literary Festival is also keen to hear from potential patrons. With plans to make the 2011 Festival and Prologue bigger and more ambitious than ever before, the festival depends on the generous support of patrons more than ever. For more information, please contact the Festival Director Kadi Hughes at kadi@beijingbookworm.com.
 

Don't Miss the Latest Job Opportunities!
 
Does the ACAA have a role to play in your next dream job? Check out the job opportunities on our website to find out! Current opportunities on our website include:
 

Deakin Alumni Community Awards 2011

The new Deakin University Alumni Community Awards will be held for the first time in 2011 and you are invited to nominate successful alumni for these Awards. Deakin’s Alumni Community Awards aim to recognize, acknowledge and promote prominent alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success.

Alumni can be nominated under two categories -General Alumni Awards (for alumni aged 30 years or over) and Young Alumni Awards (for alumni under 30 years of age). For more information about these new Awards and how to make a nomination visit Deakin University Alumni Awards.


Sydney Alumni Go Online in China in 2011
 


There are more than 9,000 University of Sydney alumni living in greater China and the University is keen to assist them in building business, professional and social links throughout their local communities in China.


For this reason, the University will set up special online professional and business networking groups for alumni in Shanghai and Beijing in 2011.


If you live in Shanghai or Beijing and would like to connect or re-connect with your fellow alumni through these networking groups, or assist in running them, please contact Andrea Besnard, International and Regional Chapters Officer in the University’s Alumni and Events office at andrea.besnard@sydney.edu.au or on +61 9351 1963 by Monday 28 February. For more information, please see the University of Sydney website.



Imagine Australia Hosts Film Industry Forum  
 
 
 
The Australia-China film industry relationship took a big step forward last week as the inaugural Australia-China Film Industry Forum was held in Beijing.
 
Over twenty top producers and directors from Australia met with some of China's largest film corporations in a bid to boost co-production and cooperation between the two industries.
 
Giving the opening Gala dinner event some star-power was Year of Australian Culture in China official patron Jackie Chan, who flew into Beijing last week to lend his support to the Forum. Mr Chan spoke at the dinner and posed for photographs with some lucky Embassy staff.
 
The film forum was very successful with two days of presentations and business matching helping to cement some important partnerships in the industry. It is expected that the Film Forum will become a regular event. This year's forum forms part of the Year of Australian Culture in China, a program of cultural events across China. Find out about the whole program of events and activities at www.imagineaustralia.net.  


Deakin to Host 2011 Fulbright Symposium
 
Deakin University will host the next Fulbright Symposium in Melbourne in mid-2011 on the topic of Australia-U.S. Relations and the Rise of China: From Bilateralism to Trilateralism.
 
The Symposium will bring together experts from Australia, the U.S. and China to discuss their views on the future of the Australia-U.S. alliance in the context of the rise of China. For more information about the Symposium contact Professor Baogang He, Chair in International Relations, Deakin University.
 
The annual Fulbright Symposium is supported by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.


Climbing the Gehry Tree House at UTS
 


Plans for the new University of Technology Sydney (UTS) business school, designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, were recently unveiled.

UTS has been working with Gehry Partners to design a world-class business school based on the idea of a tree-house structure. As Frank Gehry has put it, "a trunk and core of activity and... branches for people to connect and do their private work."

The project inspired the Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing to donate a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new building and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships. It is the equal largest ever philanthropic gift by an individual for a university in Australia.


Those of you in Beijing with an interest in Frank Gehry's architecture are invited to visit the Gehry exhibition currently on display at Sanlitun Village North. The exhibition will give you insight into the central aspects of Frank Gehry's work, highlighting his style, process, usage of materials and design philosophy. Private tours are also available. For more information contact Karen on  6400 0457-8004 or email Karen@hitangandccc.com.



Calling all alumni across China!
 
The ACAA is looking to expand its alumni networks across the Greater China Region. If you are in touch with Australia China alumni – whether they live in Gansu or Guangxi, Xinjiang or Zhejiang – encourage them to get involved in the ACAA by registering on the ACAA website or emailing Veronica Walker.
 
 
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