Australia China Alumni Association


Monthly Newsletter: Issue #86

May 2017


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In This Issue

  • Partner News
  • Alumni Profile
  • Upcoming Events
  • Job Opportunities

Upcoming Events

2017 UTS International Alumni Reception in BJ/SH/GZ 

Join us as we explore the fascinating topic of ‘The Future of Work’ at a special discussion panel and networking event for UTS alumni.
22nd Jun 2017 Guangzhou
28th Jun 2017
30th Jun 2017





The University of Queensland Alumni Connection in BJ/SH/GZ/SZ/HK
Organised by UQ alumni, for UQ alumni, The [Global] Connection is a series of regular, informal meet-ups held in over 20 cities worldwide. First launched in 2014 for alumni of UQ's Schools of Business, Economics and Law, the events are now open to all UQ alumni.
Date: 1st Jun 2017

Job Opportunities




Other Cities

May Greetings!


With arrival of pleasant weather in early summer, we are seeing more and more networking and engagement activities amongst our alumni community.  We recently supported Australian Writers' Week events across China and alumni gatherings for Curtin University and Deakin University. We also have also seen active alumni participation in business-related events, showcasing their interests in exploring business opportunities in China.


The ACAA will continue to play a key role in China-based alumni engagement - please stay tuned for more in the next few months.We are also keen to hear your thoughts and suggestions for the ACAA. Thanks!

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!




Partner News 


University of Newcastle Alumni Awards Finalist:

Dr Robert Edmonson

Hong Kong



The 2017 University of Newcastle Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the diverse achievements of UON Alumni. From the many nominations received, 26 finalists have been selected across nine award categories; including Dr Robert Edmonson from Hong Kong who was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence.


Dr Edmonson is an internationally recognised thought leader on leadership, author, speaker and adjunct lecturer.  He co-founded two well-known firms; PCR, which was showcased on NBC, in the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times and; Paradigm21, a leadership development consultancy recognised as one of Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies 2011.


UON wishes Dr Edmonson all the best for success in these prestigious awards! Recipients will be announced at the UON Alumni Awards Gala Dinner at the Great Hall, Callaghan Campus on 28th July.




UON Student and Alumni Dinner

Beijing, 7th July 2017

From 22nd June to 19th July, 13 UON students from the Faculty of Business and Law will be in China to participate in work integrated learning placements in large Beijing firms.  These placements will give students an opportunity to apply the valuable knowledge they have learnt in their degree and broaden their understanding of organisational context and Chinese culture!


Alumni in Beijing are invited to join these students and lecturer Dr Patricia Johnson, UON Lecturer in Tourism, for a free dinner on Friday 7th July. Come along for a fun evening with the students and share your stories of study at UON! Alumni will also be encouraged to share their expertise and career tips with students in an informal Q&A session.


The details of this event are currently being finalised. Please register your interest to join this event by emailing

Alumni Profile 


Ms. Jill Tang


La Trobe University/Monash University/The University of Melbourne Alumna




Jill Tang is committed to making graduates’ transitions from studying in Australia to working in China as smooth as possible. Modeled after her own experience as an overseas returnee in China, Ms Tang applied her financial and entrepreneurial skills to launch CareerXFactor in 2015. CareerXFactor is an online platform dedicated to offering career advice, job opportunities and networking events to returning Chinese students and expats.


Ms Tang is a graduate of La Trobe University, where she completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2006. She later completed a Master’s Degree in Applied Finance at Monash University and an MBA at Melbourne Business School in the University of Melbourne. After a career in the Australian finance industry at AXA Australia, Ms Tang returned home to Shanghai, where she was faced with the challenge of reverse culture shock. With the knowledge that forging relationships with other graduates would be fundamental, she joined the Australian China Alumni Association as Director of Communications and Development in 2012, where she remained until the following year.


This role gave Ms Tang first-hand insight into what graduates are looking for once they return home to China. Determined to fill a gap in the market, she launched CareerXFactor with the hope of helping people develop their careers in China’s booming economy.


CareerXFactor proved to be a very successful start-up, growing its membership to more than 1,700 people in the first six months and securing corporate partnerships with high-profile companies such as Condé Nast Centre of Fashion and Design and Bayer China.


Not content with having just one business, Ms Tang is also co-founder of The BrewGirl, an innovative company celebrating local craft beer and its female devotees. Alongside co-founder Di Di, she organises pop-up craft beer events around Shanghai and is passionate about supporting local Chinese microbreweries. The business hopes to challenge stereotypes of Chinese women and raise the profile of the country’s talented female craft beer brewers.


Besides her entrepreneurial work, Ms Tang is keen to pass on what she has learned to others. In June 2016, she was selected as one of 12 Chinese entrepreneurs to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley. US President Barack Obama addressed the summit, which aimed to promote entrepreneurship as a driver for economic growth and social inclusion.




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Guangzhou: Mesa Chen

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