Australia China Alumni Association


Monthly Newsletter: Issue #87

June 2017


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In This Issue

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

Upcoming Events


Australia China Career Fair in SH/BJ


Find your next career opportunity at the upcoming Career Fairs in Shanghai and Beijing.
1st July 2017, Shanghai
2nd July 2017, Beijing




University of Tasmania

Shanghai Alumni Reception

Please join us for this networking opportunity to hear the latest news and developments from your university.

Enjoy drinks and canapés in the company of other alumni and friends from the Shanghai region.
6th July 2017




University of Newcastle Beijing Alumni and Student Dinner
Join Dr Patricia Johnson (UON Lecturer in Tourism) and your fellow alumni for dinner with our students in Beijing with Q&A sessions and alumni sharing top career tips and their experience of living and working in Beijing.
7th July 2017
University of South Australia Alumni Seminar in Beijing 
You are invited to a seminar presented by one of UniSA’s top researchers and industry experts from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute of Marketing Science, Dr Justin Cohen,who will present his insights into the Chinese wine market. 
6:30-8:30pm, 14th July 2017
ACAA Indoor Climbing Activity 
We sincerely invite you to join us with the Indoor Climbing Activity on 14th July in 768 Climbing Gym. 
7pm, 14th July 2017 

Job Opportunities




Other Cities 

June Greetings!


Graduation season is well underway and we can see a variety of alumni events hosted across China. In June, we supported alumni events for UQ, Deakin, UTS and RMIT, as well as Australian cultural events for the Australian Consulate-General in Guangzhou. In addition, we collaborated with companies to diversify our event offerings and cater to the different needs of our alumni — such as the Great Aussie Summer BBQ Party, the Australian Property Expo and the upcoming Australia China Career Fair in early July.


Stay tuned for more upcoming events in the next few months as well as our annual grand ceremony – the Australia China Alumni Awards!


Don't forget to stay hydrated and enjoy the summer time!





ACAA News 


2017 ACAA Australia China Alumni Awards



HOT NEWS! The 9th Australia China Alumni Awards Presentation Dinner will be held in November 2017 in Shanghai!


The ACAA team is already in top gear preparing for this grand ceremony and we would like to present a series of opportunities for you to get involved at this early stage! 


Four categories of individual awards are open for sponsorship now that offer sponsors 6-month extensive media exposure and unique networking opportunities with Australian government officials as well as high-profile Australia alumni. Four categories are available for sponsorship:

  • Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

  • Australia China Alumni Awards for Corporate Achievement

  • Australia China Alumni Awards for ICT and New Media

  • Australia China Award for Research and Innovation

We are excited to announce that the Australian Embassy, Austrade and CPA have been confirmed as individual award sponsors.


The deadline for Awards sponsorship is 31st July, 2017. Hurry up and get involved at the early stages of such grand celebration!


For further details, please click HERE to download the 2017 Awards Sponsorship Opportunity Summary.



Alumni Profile 


Mr. Chalmers Shi


RMIT University/Monash University Alumnus



Described by close friends as ‘born in 70’s, looks like 80’s and has a young heart like 90’s’, Mr Shi strongly believes that this is attributed to  his life experience in Australia. Even 20 years later, he still remembers the day in March 1997 when he landed in Melbourne airport with a big suitcase. From that day, Mr Shi stayed in Melbourne for nearly 6 years. He regards Melbourne as his second home, in addition to Xiangtan in Hunan Province where he was born and lived for 22 years.


As Chalmers reflected on his time in Melbourne, he said studying business courses at RMIT University was at first a huge challenge, not only because he came from an engineering background, but also because of the language hurdles and cultural differences, but most importantly because China was mainly running as a planned economy system at that time. It took him quite a long time and many efforts to fully undertsand the functions and purpose of marketing and why it was important for a market economy. Thanks to the studying at RMIT, Mr Shi unleashed his potential as a forward-thinking marketing professional.  


The experience of learning a new subject in another discipline has taught Chalmers to stay curious and enjoy the cross-over sparks in taking new input. Years later, with the degrees obtained across Engineering, Business and IT disciplines, Chalmers finds the benefits of cross-discipline insights and how they generate the creativity.  


Besides the academic community and development, various work experiences enabled Mr Shi to get actively engaged with the local community and thus gain a better understanding of Australian culture and values. As a semi-professional table tennis player, Mr Shi picked it up in Melbourne where he enjoyed playing with leading players from all over the world.   


Back in China, Mr Shi has been working and living in Shanghai for 13 years. He felt lucky to have maintained a strong connection with Australia by working for an Anglo-Australian company, and product group headquartered in Australia. He thinks that is a good way to pay back what he has gained from Australia. In his spare time, Mr Shi enjoys reading, ball sports and promoting a healthy life style.




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