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How to Nominate

Nominations for the 2024 Australia China Alumni Awards will open on 10 July and close on 15 September (midnight, China time). To nominate yourself or someone else for an Award, please fill in the relevant nomination form (links below) before the deadline.

If you'd like to prepare the form offline, please click the link below to download the form. Kindly remember that the links below are for reference only, and that the form should be submitted online through the portal links provided above.

Australia China Alumni Awards nomination form - self-nomination

Australia China Alumni Awards nomination form - nominating others

All applications must be completed and submitted online. The online application should include:

  • A brief statement outlining the reasons for the nominee's selection for the award.

  • A short biography of the nominee.

  • A photograph of the nominee.

  • The nominee's curriculum vitae (CV).

  • Links to evidence of the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments relevant to the award, if available.

  • Both the nominator (the person making the nomination) and the nominee (the person being nominated for an award) must be members of the Australia China Alumni Association. You can register for a free membership here.

  • Multiple nominations are permitted from a single nominator for different nominees, and self-nomination is also allowed. However, each nominee can only be nominated for one award

Please read these guidelines before submitting a nomination.

Background

The Australia China Alumni Awards is an initiative of the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) to celebrate excellence in Australian tertiary education and recognise the significant achievements of Australian-educated alumni in China and Australia. The aim of the Awards is to demonstrate how Australian tertiary education can help graduates succeed in an international context and across a variety of fields.

Nomination Criteria

The Awards welcome nominees:

  1. Of any nationality, provided they graduated from an Australian university program or TAFE/VET program (in Australia or through an Australian off-shore program in any other country or online) who have made a significant contribution to their field and community in China or Australia.

  2. Of any age, except for the Young Alumni of the Year Award which is restricted to applicants who are 35 years or under in the year of nomination;

  3. Who are originally from China now living in China or Australia, or other alumni who have spent notable time in China. Nominees who have not been resident in China since January 2020 should show a continuing connection with the region or Australia-China relations.

  4. Who display an on-going high level of achievement in the Award category, irrespective of whether they are working in the discipline in which they graduated.

  5. The Australia China Community Service Award is open to both alumni and current students, of any citizenship.

  6. Please note that the Australia-China Alumni of the Year Award shall be granted by the Awards judging panel from amongst the nominees for all other Awards.

 

Please note the following conditions:

  • Alumni who have previously won an Australia China Alumni Award in a specific category are ineligible to win the same award again. However, they may receive an award in a different category in subsequent years.

  • Finalists from previous years are welcome to be nominated again in the same category or a different category; but previous winners are restricted from winning the same category twice.

  • Alumni may nominate themselves but must provide a contactable referee (both Chinese and English speakers are acceptable) to endorse their nomination.

  • If nominating someone else, the nominator must have confirmed consent from the nominee for the nomination to be considered valid. The ACAA will follow up with the nominee to confirm this consent.

  • By completing the nomination process, nominees consent to the ACAA contacting their university to verify the conferring of their degree.

 

Through completion of the nomination process, nominees agree to allow the ACAA to contact their university to confirm the conferring of their degree.

Judging Criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following 6 criteria:

AUSTRALIA INFLUENCE: evidence of how the nominee’s Australian education has played a key role in her or his success and impact.

IMPACT: evidence of the impact and achievements of the nominee’s work (inspired by the nominee’s Australia-based education) in their profession/community.

CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIA-CHINA RELATIONSHIP: evidence of the extent to which the nominee has contributed to and strengthened the Australia-China relationship and supported the wider Australia-China community;

SERVICE TO SOCIETY: evidence that the nominee exhibits integrity and a demonstrated commitment to service with an interest in bettering the lives of others through professional or volunteer efforts.

POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE AND INSPIRE: evidence of the extent to which (including capacity and willingness) the nominee and her or his story are likely to influence and inspire the next generation of prospective Australian students and alumni;

MEDIA TRACTION: evidence of the extent to which the nominee’s success story is likely to resonate with local/regional/national media in China, Australia or beyond (global media).

Judging Process

  • Entries will be initially screened by the ACAA. The ACAA, along with representatives from the Judging Panel, will then shortlist candidates for each award.

  • Award winners are selected by an independent Judging Panel comprising alumni and representatives from the Australian Government. Information about the 2024 Judging Panel members is TBA. 

  • Finalists will be announced in September.

  • Winners will be announced at award presentation events in China and Australia, as well as through various media channels following the official ceremonies.
     

Disclaimer

The Australia China Alumni Association reserves the right to determine the final interpretation of these rules and the eligibility requirements for the Australia China Alumni Awards. For more information please contact us. The Judging Panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

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