Australia China Alumni Association


Monthly Newsletter: Issue #90


September 2017

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Australia China Alumni Association and TOEFL® 

2017 Australia China Alumni Awards



Along with our Awards Partner TOEFL®, the ACAA is excited to be hosting the Australia China Alumni Association and TOEFL®- 2017 Australia China Alumni Awards Presentation Dinner in Shanghai this year!


This is one of the largest celebrations of Australia-China alumni successes in China and we look forward to seeing you there!​

17:00 - 22:00
25th November 2017


Monash Masterclass

The Future of Work

in China



This interactive Masterclass will provide a framework to explore how digital disruptions are shaping the world economy and contemplate what this might mean for the future of work in China and other emerging economies.

18:00 - 20:00
​10th October 2017


University of Melbourne Alumni Events in China

Hosted by the Deans of the Faculty of Business & Economics and the Faculty of Arts, all University of Melbourne alumni are invited to join us at the following upcoming events.
(Hosted by Faculty of Art)
18:00 - 20:00
23rd October 2017
(Hosted by Faculty of Art & Business & Economics)
18:30 - 21:00
25th October 2017
(Hosted by Faculty of Business & Economics)
18:30 - 21:00
27th October 2017
(Hosted by Faculty of Business & Economics)
18:30 - 21:00
28th October 2017
Hong Kong
(Hosted by Faculty of Business & Economics)
18:30 - 21:00
30th October 2017







Other Cities 

September Greetings!


This month, ACAA continues its active support of alumni events whilst the team is also organising the Awards Presentation Dinner. 


The ACAA recently supported two career fairs and hosted a Career Development Session in Beijing all with the goal of catering for alumni at different stages of their careers. Meanwhile, we continue to offer a diversified event program through collaboration with other Chinese-Australian organisations, such as the jointly hosted Happy Hour Drinks in Guangzhou, and the Aussie Drinks & Alumni Social in Beijing. In addition, we were happy to be part of the Brisbane Australia’s New City Alumni Event and engage with our Queensland alumni. 


The finalist list of Australia China Alumni Association and TOEFL® - 2017 Australia China Alumni Awards is now available for browsing on the ACAA’s website! The selection process started right after the nominations closed on 31st August; 42 nominees were shortlisted for 8 award categories. For further details about the Awards please refer to the Awards News section below.


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


Golden week holiday starts the day after tomorrow and we wish you all a relaxing holiday and a happy Mid-Autumn Festival!




Awards News 


Australia China Alumni Association and TOEFL®

2017 Australia China Alumni Awards



Finalists Announced!


The finalist list of Australia China Alumni Association and TOEFL® - 2017 Australia China Alumni Awards is now available on the ACAA’s website! The selection process started right after the nominations closed on 31st August; 42 nominees were shortlisted for 8 award categories. 


Overview of Nominations


This year, we received more than 70 nominations and are thrilled to find that 39% applications were submitted by female alumni, which is a large increase compared with an average of 20-25% over the past 8 years. In addition, It is great to know that nominations this year represent 24 Australian universities. Some universities and alumni missed the opportunity this year, yet it is encouraging to see some new faces.


The 5 universities with the most nominees are listed below:

1)  Macquarie University 

2)  Queensland University of Technology 

2)  University of Technology Sydney

2)  The University of Melbourne 

3)  The University of Newcastle 


Overview of Finalists


It was a tough call to choose 42 finalists among over 70 excellent nominees. After a long selection process, we now have 42 finalists representing 20 Australian Universities for 8 award categories. The full list of finalists is now on the ACAA website!


Congratulations to all of the finalists!


If you want to congratulate them on the day, buy a ticket and secure your seat for the Australia China Alumni Association and TOEFL® - 2017 Australia China Alumni Awards Presentation Dinner



  • Premium Paid Members: 780 RMB /person
  • Regular Members & Non-members: 880 RMB /person


Buy your ticket now and secure your opportunity to network with Australia government officials, high-profile alumni and local business leaders as well as reconnecting with your alma mater.


Where can you buy your tickets?


ACAA Website

Tickets for the Australia China Alumni Association and TOEFL® - 2017 Australia China Alumni Awards Presentation Dinner are now available for purchase on the ACAA website.


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For further details about Australia China Alumni Association and TOEFL® - 2017 Australia China Alumni Awards Presentation Dinner, please refer to the ACAA website


GZ Happy Hour Drinks: Round 3 



21st September 2017

We were delighted to team up with AustCham-SC, ACYPI and ACYA again to host the September Happy Hour Drinks on 21st September in Guangzhou! This time we were acknowledging our dedicated members with exclusive happy hour at Morton's. It was great to catch up with familiar faces over a beverage or two with the spectacular view on Thursday night.




ACAA Career Development Session: BJ



22nd September 2017 

We hosted a Career Development Session in the Traveller’s Study with 3 senior alumni - Daisy XU, Jerry ZHOU and Wendy WANG - joining us as guests speakers on Friday night. Keeping numbers to just over 20 alumni allowed a great discussion and the opportunity for attendees to ask for advice on decision-making and better career development planning.​

Aussie Drinks & Alumni Social: BJ



22nd September 2017 

Together with AustCham Beijing, the Australian Global Alumni Office and the ACYA, the ACAA helped bring together the local expat, business and alumni community to share a few drinks, watch some footy, meet old and new friends and mingle. Hosted by Hatchery Beijing, our beloved culinary incubator provided the backdrop for this Autumn gathering, as guests savored their craft beers and enjoyed Hatchery’s gourmet sausage sizzle.
TOEFL® Partners with ACAA

We are thrilled to introduce the ACAA’s latest partner: TOEFL®!


We will be working closely with TOEFL® to diversify our service offerings to and find new ways to engage with our alumni members. We also hope that such partner can strengthen communication and collaboration across the entire Australia-China alumni community.




ETS is a team of education experts and researchers who believe that, through learning, people can improve their situations and make incredible contributions to the world. The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 10,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including, of course.


For further details about TOEFL®, please click on their logo below:




Partner News 


A Musical Journey from Brisbane to Xi’an

(The University of Queensland)



University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra students have been invited to perform with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China by School of Music Alumnus Dane Lam. Mr Lam, who graduated in 2006, is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted an array of leading international orchestras and opera companies, including the Julliard Orchestra in New York, the City of London Sinfonia and the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. The Xi’an concert is the result of a creative practice partnership pilot project brokered by Mr Lam and UQ School of Music Head of Professor Margaret Barrett.


Professor Barrett said the project provided an important opportunity for UQ Music students. “It offers a work-integrated learning opportunity to perform a major repertoire with a professional orchestra and to engage in inter-cultural exchange with Chinese musician colleagues,” she said. “The project is not only providing greater connection to China, but is also connecting the students, the School and the University with the orchestral profession through esteemed alumnus Dane Lam. Dane’s work on the world stage has been grounded in his early education at The University of Queensland”.


UQ Violin Performance Fellow Associate Professor Adam Chalabi led the orchestra. The travelling party included 18 current UQ students, one UQ exchange student and a prospective student now in Year 12. The students performed three separate works, Symphony no. 1 in D by Mahler and Symphony no.8 in F by Beethoven, and the premier of a Chinese piece, The Girl in Daban.


UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright and representatives from both Shaanxi Normal University and the Xi’an Conservatorium of Music attended the concert.


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