Australia China Alumni Association


Monthly Newsletter: Issue #89


August 2017

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UQ Global Connection


Organised by UQ alumni, for UQ alumni, The [Global] Connection is a series of regular, informal meet-ups held in over 20 cities worldwide.

7th September 2017
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Hong Kong
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JingJobs Career Fair
A careers fair focusing on Internships, Freelancers and Part Time Roles.
13:00 - 17:00
9th September 2017


Sai Kwan (Xi Guan) Walking Tour​




A great opportunity to get to know Canton! During the 90 minutes walking tour, you can walk with the local and explore the Sai Kwan culture with bilingual commentary.

9th September 2017





Other Cities 

August Greetings!


August is sometimes one of the quieter periods ofthe year, but not this year! 


In addition to the Overseas Student Career Fair, the ACAA has supported alumni events from RMIT, UQ and La Trobe across China, as well as the Kunming Australian Alumni Reception hosted by the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu and the Australian Alumni Summer Gathering in Foshan held by the Australian Consulate-General, Guangzhou. We were delighted to engage with old friend and greet many new faces in these events. 


As the ACAA continues to take on a proactive role to engage with alumni with a diversified event program, we were happy to team up with the ACYA, the ACYPI and AustCham-SC again to host the August Happy Hour Drinks earlier this month. 


The nominations for 2017 TOEFL® - Australia China Alumni Awards close today, however the ACAA team is already busy organising the next stage of the Awards Presentation Dinner.


Please stay tuned for more upcoming events and more information about the Awards.




ACAA News 


2017 TOEFL® - Australia China Alumni Awards



Nominations Close Today!

(Midnight 31st August)


The ACAA is delighted to announce that the TOEFL® - Australian China Alumni Awards Presentation Dinner will be held on the 25th November (Saturday) at the InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin Hotel! 


Nominations close at midnight today; this is your last chance to submit your nomination application. Don’t miss out the opportunity to be recognised by your fellow alumni and the wider Australia-China community!


For further details about nominations, please click below:

This year, we have 8 award categories available for nomination:

  • TOEFL® Australia China Alumni of the Year Award
  • Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award
  • CPA Australia - Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance
  • Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship
  • Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation
  • Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media
  • Australian Ambassador's Award for Women in Leadership
  • KINGOLD Group - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

For further details about Australia China Alumni Awards, please refer to ACAA website



August Happy Hour Drinks in Guangzhou



11th August 2017

We were delighted to team up with AustCham-SC, ACYA and ACYPI again and host the August Happy Hour Drinks on 11th August. With wonderful finger food, gin and tonic creations, and lights and music to set the scene, it really was a great evening. A number of lucky attendees won the lucky draw prizes and it was fantastic to see so many new faces. 


Applications Open:  Ma & Morley Scholarship Program

at the University of Newcastle 



The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program is a new life-changing program made possible through the generous philanthropic support of Alibaba founder and executive chairman, Mr Jack Ma.


It is a unique values based program that aims inspire, educate, and cultivate the next generation of globally aware and socially conscious Australian leaders.


It is open Australian students from the University of Newcastle who want to change the world, uphold the programs values, and have leadership aspirations.


In addition to financial assistance, scholars will have access to a tailored enrichment program, mentoring, immersion experiences that emulate the transformative experience Jack Ma had when we visited Newcastle and be welcomed into a family of influential leaders and change makers.


Scholarships close November 17th and will begin this life changing experience in semester 1 2018.


Click here to read more about The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program.




MBA Alumni Reunite at UTS



The UTS Business School played host to a special Chinese MBA Alumni 10 year reunion event in August, as MBA graduates and their families returned to UTS to mark this celebratory milestone.


Reminiscing over the past 10 years and re-connecting with their fellow MBA alumni, attendees were formally welcomed back to UTS by the Business School’s Ian Larkham, and then took a trip down memory lane with a slideshow of photos, a presentation from cohort organiser Bruce Yu and a celebratory cake to mark the occasion.

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Alumni Profile 


Ms. Iris Huang

The University of Queensland



Ms. Huang has over 7 years of marketing experience in both FMCG and education industries. As a senior analyst at Nielsen, her expertise in marketing mix modeling (MMM) has helped the global leading FMCG clients optimize their marketing plan and save investment. Through her time at Nielsen, she developed a deep understanding of the baby diaper market in China and provided clients with strong insights of the 10 years market dynamics from massive data mining. Her experience in Nielsen has developed her strategic planning and analytic thinking in her marketing career.


She played a major role in helping over 20 Australian universities increase and engage with their alumni in South China in the first six months of her time with the ACAA. Iris quickly picked up the overall association’s planning and operations in China and was promoted to become the Deputy General Manager. She was responsible for initiating both a career development focused online platform and a series of events to provide support to alumni. This initiative has successfully attracted a large number of alumni as it provided a connection with local government and businesses. As a very hands-on marketer, she displayed exemplerary leadership and team communication skills and was a  strong asset to the ACAA.


Having worked with the ACAA, for just over 3 years, Iris is now taking a new path. She is now aiming to revitalize the old area of Guangzhou via her café, florist, antique store, historical and cultural tourism and events. She provides tours for ACAA members, overseas tourists and local expats of Guangzhou’s old town.


As an alumna of the University of Queensland, Iris believes such an education experience significantly benefited her career. In particular, she found the resume training and internship opportunity from the UQ career centre particulary useful, something she believes led to her first job at Nielsen in the first week of her return to China. Her participation in a real venture during her commercialisation course at UQ helped develop her enterprise mindset and increased her familiarity with the world of international business.


Iris spends her downtime involved in yoga, reading and travelling to explore new places and stories.


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