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Issue 29, April 2012


Upcoming Survey's for Alumni

[Great Prizes to be won!]


Alumni Survey's coming soon


The ACAA in conjunction with several different organisations will soon be circulating a couple of survey's to help better understand Alumni - your wants, needs and trends in employment & travel.


Please help us complete these survey's and you will go into the running to win a number of fantastic prizes!


The survey's will only take approximately 5 minutes and will be circulated soon, so keep an eye on your inbox and thanks in advance.



ACAA at the Austrade China Careers Fair in Shanghai


[L-R]: - Mr. Sean Chen (General Manager of Skaugen Marine Construction), Mr Ian Lee (CEO of R3 Group), Jenny Zhu (Academics Manager and Lesson Host of ChinesePod), Mr. Lawrence Lau (Finance Director of Owens Corning Building Materials).


The ACAA was delighted to be a contributing partner at the inaugural Austrade China Careers Fair held in Shanghai this April.


The event, organized by Austrade, was a huge success with some 15 University careers offices joining together with approx. 50 companies and some 1,200+ alumni. The event was also supported by Zhaopin.com, one of China’s leading HR & recruitment websites. Some 450+ jobs were advertised and some 2,450 applications received !


The ACAA had a booth at the Fair and also organized a panel of alumni speakers who highlighted their career stories and provided some tips to younger alumni.


We hope to soon have video of this panel session available online. Many thanks to all our volunteers who gave generously of their time and helped make the event a huge success ! We hope this can become an annual event.


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Shanghai Alumni Go Strawberry Picking



ACAA Shanghai and 22 alumni, family and freinds gathered for the annual Spring Day Trip.

This year, the group went to a strawberry farm near the ancient watertown city of Zhu Jia Jiao (50km away from Shanghai) for a day of strawberry picking and eating.

Not only did everyone enjoy getting out of the city and stuffing themselves with strawberries, but Zhu Jia Jiao was also a key attraction and the group enjoyed exploring the area.

At the end of day, the group enjoyed a sit down dinner at a local restaruant in the rural area as they all contiuned to get to know each other.



ACAA Education Committee Update

The ACAA EC hear updates on TOEFL ITP

The ACAA Education Committee remains very active and hosted an event for 10 Australian University reps in Beijing in April.


In May we are planning to hold a welcome dinner for the new AEI Counsellor, Cathryn Hlavka, and have plans for a wine tasting with MOE and MOST staff in June.



Griffith University Mentoring Dinners



Griffith University's Nicole Graham (Manager, International Career Development) hosted two dinners in April, one in Beijing and another in Shanghai, inviting all interested Griffith Alumni plus a few keen others to attend.


The dinners, which attracted around 10 participants in each city, were organised to workshop and "focus group" plans to organise a Griffith University international mentoring program.


The Griffith university program looks very exciting and we look forward to it being launched around July / Aug 2012 and to China based alumni getting involved to help mentor the next generation!



Upcoming Events

La Trobe University Alumni Drinks and networking in Beijing


When: May 15, 18:00 - 20:00

Where: China World Hotel, Beijing



Professor John Rosenberg, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, warmly welcomes all La Trobe University Alumni to an event being held at the China World Hotel, Beijing on May 15.

The evening will run from 6.00pm til 8.00pm with cocktails, light refreshments and a business card prize draw.  Don't miss this chance to reconnect and network with alumni and friends of La Trobe who are located in Beijing.  The drinks will be attended by La Trobe's senior staff who will provide an update on what is happening at the University. 

To attend, please send your RSVPs to




Griffith Alumni 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party

[Beijing & Guangzhou]


When: May 18, 18:30-21:00

            May 19, 18:30-21:00

Where: Great Wall Sheraton Hotel, Beijing

            The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou



To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Australia and China Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Professor Marilyn McMeniman AM cordially invites all Griffith University Alumni to attend the first of the Griffith Alumni 40th Anniversary Events. Two events are planned for may to be held in Beijing (May 18) and Guangzhou (May 19).

Griffith would like you to join them as they look back at where they have come from, reflect on the progress that has been made, and celebrate the strength of their Australia-China relationship.


A selection of canapés and finger food will be served throughout the evening.

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University of Western Australia, Public Lecture [Supported by the ACAA]


When: May 22, Time TBC

Where: Beijing, TBC



University of Western Australia's Professor Bill Louden (Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor), will discuss the notion that:

"Knowledge-based education places a focus on creativity, leadership qualities and sense of community”

If you are interested in attending, please save the date and keep an eye on our website as more information is finalised in the coming days.

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University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics, Public Lecture [Supported by the ACAA]


When: May 26 & 28, Time TBC

Where: Shanghai & Beijing (respectively)



The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics, will be holding a public lecture in both Shanghai and Beijing on April 26 and 28, respectively.


Professor Peter Verhezen, a Visiting Associate Professor / Principal Fellow at the Department of Management and Marketing of the University of Melbourne (Australia), will discuss the topic of:

"How good corporate governance can improve your business success"


View Professor Verhezen's Bio »


Following the discussion, light refreshments will be served to continue the discussion in a more relaxed atmosphere.


To attend this event, please send RSVPs to Rona@AustChinaAlumni.org (Shanghai)


Michael@AustChinaAlumni.org (Beijing)



Partner News

Deakin Alumni Awards to honour brightest and best



Deakin University is encouraging its Alumni in China to nominate deserving graduates for their annual Alumni of the Year Awards.


Awarded for the first time in 2011, the Alumni Awards aim to recognise prominent Deakin Alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success in service to their profession, to the community or to Deakin University.


The awards fall under two categories – Young Alumni Awards (open to graduates under the age of 30) and the General Alumni Awards (open to Alumni aged 30 years and over).


Deakin Alumni Relations Manager Alastair Lee says that the Deakin Alumni Awards are a way to recognise the successes of Deakin Alumni globally and the contributions of its staff.


‘The awards are a fantastic way for Deakin to officially recognise our outstanding graduates each year around the world and they also serve to highlight the important contribution our staff make towards helping to foster these great achievements,’ says Mr Lee.


‘Deakin has produced so many successful Chinese graduates throughout the last four decades. I really encourage Alumni in China to nominate fellow Alumni who they know are achieving great things within their communities and professions.’


Nominations for the Deakin Alumni Awards close on 1 June 2012.


For more information about the Deakin Alumni Awards or to make a nomination, visit www.deakin.edu.au/alumni.



University of Newcastle Confucius Institute Southern China Cultural Tour

Students and Shanghai-based alumni from the University of Newcastle, staff from East China University of Finance and Economics, John and Diana Dai from Tertiary Educational International (front row), and Rhys Palmer, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle, Australia (center front row)


Sixteen students from the University of Newcastle recently had an opportunity to experience China first-hand as part of a 10-day cultural immersion tour during April.


Organised and led by the Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle the tour included visits to East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai and Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (YUFE) in Kunming. Students also visited the Shanghai Museum and the Administrators Garden in Suzhou before travelling to the ancient towns of Dali and Lijiang in the ethnically diverse southwest region of China.  


One of the highlights for the students was an opportunity during the welcome dinner on their first night in China to meet and mingle with a group of the University’s young alumni living and working in Shanghai. Also attending the dinner were John and Diana Dai from Tertiary Education International (TEI) along with staff from East China University of Science and Technology.


Rhys Palmer, Director of the Confucius Institute, said that as the first of many language and cultural tours the Institute has planned, this inaugural tour was a huge success.


“The students’ exposure to museums and traditional gardens was enriching for them, but it was the one-on-one exchanges and interactions with the Chinese people along the way that were really magical. One student described the tour to me as ‘life changing’ – and that to me is a success.”



University of Melbourne PhD Candidate seeking participants for study



Xuejiao (Shea) Fan, a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne is seeking participants for her dissertation research project on "the experience of employees in multinational organizations in China."

She is looking for individuals who have any of the following characteristics:


Overseas Chinese or Chinese returnees who are working for or plan to work for non-Chinese owned organizations in China.


Individuals who do not have Chinese ethnicity, and are working in China as expatriates of non-Chinese owned organizations.


If you are interested in particpating in this study, please contact

Xuejiao (Shea) Fan via email at fx@unimelb.edu.au



University of Western Australia appoints new in-country representative

[Say Hello to Win a Prize]

Ms Annie (Meng) Zhao, UWA's new in-country representative


The University of Western Australia has recently appointed Annie Zhao as their new in-country representative to help better support Alumni and future students.


Annie had the following to say:


"A big hello to all my fellow University of Western Australia graduates living in China.


UWA has taken the wonderful step of employing a full time staff member in China (me) to promote study options to Chinese students interested in studying abroad. It is a great privilege to be an alumnus and a staff member of this fabulous University and I look forward to helping other Chinese people experience UWA and the incomparable lifestyle Western Australia offers."


Annie completed a Bachelor of English Literature and Language from Beijing International Studies University and a Masters of Communication from The University of Western Australia. She previously served as the China Representative for Victoria University (Melbourne) and was responsible for marketing and recruitment activities in China.


Annie is running a competition for all UWA Alumni. Any Alumni who contacts Annie to welcome her in her new position will go in the running to win a prize.


Annie can be contacted in any of the following ways.


Ms Annie Zhao

UWA China Marketing Manager

International Centre

University of Western Australia

T:  +86 10 65662352

M: +86 13810799165

E: annie.zhao@uwa.edu.au

Weibo: http://weibo.com/anniemengmeng

MSN: nsgb@sina.com




Greetings from the ACAA!

As we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Australia China Diplomatic Relations later this year, we also celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Australia China Alumni Association, now the largest Australia China people to people organization of any kind. We have been growing at a staggering rate these last few months and we expect to engage 6,500 alumni before the end of May. We'd like to thank everyone for being a part of the ACAA and continuing to help build this network.


Over the last few months we have met with representatives from CQUniversity, RMIT, Griffith University, the university of South Australia and the University of Southern Queensland as well as the many University Staff members who attended the Austrade China Careers Fair (ACCF). The ACCF was a roaring success and we hope that the event will be replicated and expanded further next year. Well done Team Austrade !


The ACAA was also lucky enough to meet with Ken Henry, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, who is leading the team drafting the “Australia in an Asian Century” white paper. We shared our thoughts and some "game changing" ideas on the Australia-China relationship which will be detailed shortly in a formal submission. We look forward to a high quality report and hopefully support from all walks of politics.


In our meetings with HR representatives over the last few months, we have taken note of the growing chorus of employers interested in hiring Australian graduates for their organisations.


For alumni - to make sure you don't miss any opportunities, keep an eye on our jobs page as we continue to post new jobs.


We hope you all feel rested after the recent May day holdays and that we can see you at one of the many events happening throughout the month of May.


Best Wishes


The ACAA Team

2012 Australia China Alumni Awards Update




With many organisations already committing  to partnership in 2012, the awards are all set to be an excellent success again this year.


This year, the Australia China Alumni Awards have a new title sponsor - IELTS.


IELTS has been a long standing supporter of the Alumni Awards, previously sponsoring the Women in Leadership category in 2010 and 2011.


The 2012 Alumni Awards Gala Dinner will be held in Shanghai on Sat 15th September with nominations opening in mid-May, so keep an eye on your inbox and prepare to get nominating !  


More details: www.AustChinaAlumni.org/awards


Join our Team

(Shanghai & Guanzhou Positions Available)

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



Director of Communications and Development (Southern China);

Director of Communications and Development (Shanghai)


Salary Package: Competitive (negotiable)


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

Learn More »


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


*Please note in Email Title whether you are applying for the Shanghai or South China position.


Alumni Profile


Dr Matt McDougall

Queensland University of Technology



Dr McDougall grew up in Perth, Western Australia, but left home at 17 to travel the world and find his fortune. After completing his Masters overseas, he returned to Australia where he obtained his doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in 2006.


Dr McDougall founded SinoTech Group (headquartered, China) in 2007 to provide social intelligence technology and consulting services catering specifically for the Asian market. SinoTech Group has grown to become one of China’s largest digital marketing technology and performance-marketing companies, working with multinational and large local Chinese companies providing social media, search marketing and affiliate marketing solutions. 


In early 2011, he spun out the digital marketing business into a new company called, Digital Jungle. This new Agency took a Social Media approach that grew in popularity and now Digital Jungle is present in China, Australia and Japan.


Dr McDougall is also the editor of the "Digital

Marketing Inner Circle" blog on digital marketing (which received a ‘Best China Tech Blog Award’ in 2008), is a frequent spokesperson on Internet issues, and guest speaker at Internet industry forums including Australian Tourism Export Council, iMedia Asia and Pacific Asia Travel Association. He sits on the Board of ad:tech China and on a number of Chinese internet start-ups. In 2011 he authored "The Chinese Social Media Universe", to assist Western marketers to navigate the Chinese Internet landscape to engage with Chinese audiences.


Apart from his professional successes in developing two companies, he still values the  success of his family in China


You can read Matt's 'Digital Marketing Inner Circle' blog here, or you can visit the

Digital Jungle website.



The Foundation for Australian Studies in China established. Applications now open for BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University


The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) has recently been established with the support of the Australia-China Council (ACC).


The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia established to support Australian Studies Centres located across China and to provide funding and other assistance to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies located at Peking University in Beijing.


Read More »

 Seeking Expressions of Interest

The Foundation is now seeking expressions of interest from qualified applicants for the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.
A full job description and selection criteria are available for viewing by clicking this link

You can also visit the Foundation website for further information: http://www.fasic.org.au/


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University of Southern Queensland Shenzhen Alumni Event



13 alumni and friends of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) joined Dr Joseph Mula, Head of School (Accounting, Economics & Finance) from the Faculty of Business & Law, for an afternoon at Royalty Hotel in Shenzhen on Saturday 7 April.


The gathering was well received. Alumni enjoyed an afternoon of relaxing conversation with Dr Mula while renewing their friendships and professional ties.


Another social gathering will be organised by the USQ Southern China Alumni Group between July and August this year.


Please contact Owen Zhang, the Southern China Alumni Chapter Chair, to find out when and where the next alumni gathering will take place.



Macquarie University welcomes new Vice Chancellor



Macquarie University recently appointed Professor S. Bruce Dowton as the next Vice-Chancellor and President of Macquarie University.


Professor Dowton is currently Clinical Professor in Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School and was, until recently, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Partners Harvard Medical International.


He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales where he was Dean of the School of Medicine between 1998 and 2005. During that time, he was a member of the Board of St. Vincent's and Mater Health Sydney, Chair of the Deans of Australian Medical Schools, and Chair of the Medical Training and Education Council of New South Wales.


He will take over from Professor Steven Schwartz later this year, who, after more than six years at the helm, will be leaving the university in excellent shape, both academically and financially.


Professor Dowton has a stellar international reputation. In the past few years he has led or overseen project teams in more than 30 countries, advising on diverse aspects of healthcare and higher education.


His academic and professional appointments and work have spanned the globe, including Australia, USA, Norway, China, Scotland, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Oman, Kazakhstan, Greece, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.


He is a passionate and visionary leader, committed to the pursuit of knowledge and learning as a key to improving the human condition.



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