Australia China Alumni Association


Monthly Newsletter: Issue #99


June 2018

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Upcoming Events

International LGBT Film Festival - Women He’s Undressed



The Australian Consulate-General is proud to show “Women He’s Undressed” as the closing film of this year’s film festival, celebrating an exceptional but now almost unknown gay Australian. The film’s producer Damien Parer will travel to Guangzhou to introduce the vision behind the film, and explain some of the fascinating stories about this iconic Australian’s life in Hollywood that the creators uncovered in its making.




5th July 2018

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CPA Australia Career Workshop for Chinese Returning Nationals



Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to​ meet business leaders with overseas background and learn from their career stories, communicate with HR consultant professional for the domestic recruiting positions, understand latest job market update and industry trend by CPA Australia and have fun with peers from different overseas universities.




6th July 2018

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2018 Australia China Careers Fair

(Beijing & Shanghai)


The Careers Fair will involve interactive career workshops and support the career development of both current Chinese students and graduates of Australian education institutions by linking them with key Chinese and Australian businesses operating in China.​



13:00 - 17:00

14th July 2018

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13:00 - 16:00​

15th July 2018​

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Other Cities 

June Greetings!


Graduation season is well underway and we have seen a variety of alumni events hosted across China. In June, we supported alumni events for UQ and UTS, a career workshop hosted by the Australian Consulate General in Shanghai, and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Seminar in Shenzhen, hosted by the Australian Consulate General in Guangzhou.


While offering support to both partner universities and the Australian government as always, the ACAA team hosted a Mentor Program Webinar and a Happy Hour Drinks event in Guangzhou. Meanwhile, we are in top gear preparing for the 10th Alumni Awards and will be returning to Beijing in November to celebrate this 10th year milestone. To learn more about the 10th Alumni Awards, please refer to our Awards News section.


The ACAA Team


Awards News


Australia China Alumni Association & TOEFL®
2018 Australia China Alumni Awards



Nominations Open From 1st July
(1st July – 31st August)


Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!
(until 31st July)


ACAA is very excited to be hosting the 10th Alumni Awards in Beijing in November of this year! Once again, the Australia-China community reconvenes in Beijing to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Australian alumni in China.


Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards will open on 1st July and remain open until 31st August. Alumni are welcome to nominate themselves or others who have made significant achievements in their work, life and/or service to the community.


For further details about nominations, please click HERE.


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 now open for sponsorship which offer sponsors 6-months of 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 Banking and Finance
  • Australia China Alumni Awards for the Arts and Creative Industries Australia China Award for Research and Science

We are excited to announce that TOEFL® has been confirmed as title sponsor, with the Australian Embassy being an individual sponsor. 


*For further details of sponsorship benefits, please click to download the 2018 Awards Sponsorship Opportunity Summary


If you would like to learn more about the 10th Alumni Awards, or would like to get involved, please contact the Australia China Alumni Association:


Mesa Chen

+86(0)20- 2237 3101



Meeting with Australian Consulate General in Guangzhou

6th June 2018




The ACAA GZ team, along with other Guangzhou-based Australia-China organisations, was invited to a workshop organised by the Australian Consulate General in Guangzhou to identify common challenges and share insights about local community engagement. We are looking forward to seeing the great ideas brought out by the joint forces of the four organisations involved. 




Mentor Program Webinar

21st June 2018



As the mentee applications are closing on 30th June, we hosted a Mentor Program Webinar inviting mentors, mentees and anyone interested in joining the Mentor Program. ACAA Convenor Cecilia Fan joined us as guest speaker and shared her insights from a mentor’s perspective, as well as her experiences of being a mentee. The Q&A section in the last 15 minutes also allowed attendees to raise questions that hadn’t been covered during the webinar. 




Happy Hour Drinks Guangzhou

22nd June 2018



Once again, we hosted the monthly Happy Hour Drinks with AustCham South China, ACYA and ACYPI at ATOC (A Touch of Class), in the convenient Tianhe CBD. We had a great crowd, complimentary snacks provided by Skewerz and exclusive happy hour specials on selected beers and wine until 10pm, with the regular happy hour finishing at 8pm.


Amongst the 2018 FIFA World Cup atmosphere at ATOC, our Happy Hour Drinks not only provided a casual business networking opportunity for our guests, but also connected them over sport and casual drinks; an iconic Australian combination. Monthly Happy Hour Drinks are a chance to tap in to the Australia-China business community, building connections between local and international companies, and enhancing connections with clients in a casual environment.




ACAA Showing Support for Events in the Australia-China Community

June 2018



The event season is well underway and ACAA was happy to show our support for other events in the Australia-China community. By cross-promoting events and offering support, ACAA is able to utilise our networks with our alumni, as well as networks with other Australia-China organisations.

This month, we were delighted to offer support to the ACYA x NCP Youth Opportunities Showcase, ‘Employability and Career Skills: How to Build A Profession in China Workshop’ hosted by the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai, and the ‘Facilitating Australia-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Seminar’ organised by the Australian Consulate-General in Guangzhou. ​


Partner News


CQUni Helping Aussie Foods Get to China Faster and Fresher



CQUniversity researchers are leading a project to get perishable foods from Australia to Asian countries faster.

The aim is to get fresh produce from Australian farms to Asian consumers, particularly those in China and Singapore, within 24 hours of harvesting.

Researchers are partnering with local organisations to realise the huge potential for air delivery to Asian countries, some of which are only nine hours flight from central and northern Australia.

Researchers secured AUD$676,000 (CNY¥3,229,732) to improve the supply chain, building on a previous CQUni-funded scoping study which identified knowledge gaps in the stages of processing, marketing, transport and exports.


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Alumni Profile


Emily Situ

Federation University Australia Alumna



* By the Fedeation University Australia


Emily started her professional career from The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC),a multi-disciplinary organization established by statute in 1967, when she graduated with her undergraduate degree. HKPC’s mission is to promote productivity excellence through the provision of integrated support across the value chain of Hong Kong firms, in order to achieve a more effective utilization of resources, to enhance the value-added content of products and services, and to increase international competitiveness. Emily was assigned to promote HKPC service and corporate image back into China mainland. HKPC is the school for Emily to know about the international working standard and ethic. When Emily was promoted to be the team leader with more responsibility, she realized her deficiency in leadership and managerial skills. She then took a pause from the job and pursued further study at FedUni to strengthen herself.


After Emily obtained her Master of Business Administration degree, she came back to China and joined the Public Relations industry. Since then Emily has had experience in top PR firms including Ogilvy PR, Weber Shandwick/GolinHarris and Ruder Finn.


Emily’s current role is the Overseas Branding Director of the Overseas Division of Country Garden Holdings Company Limited. Employing more than 150,000 people worldwide, this company was named one of Forbes Asia’s Top 200 Companies and has over 700 high-end township developments throughout China, Malaysia and Australia. It is an integrated property development company based in China known for building ‘green’ global ecological smart cities. Working for Country Garden, Emily manages brand building and local communications programs in overseas markets. Additionally, she supervises culture and brand activities for the Overseas Division and overseas markets. Culture is important to the company, with employees expected to follow principles about having a conscience and being socially responsible – values that are reflected in the Federation Business School and its membership to the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative.


Prior to this, in 2013 Emily joined Ruder Finn and established the Hong Kong and Guangzhou offices for RF Thunder, an integrated communication brand of Ruder Finn Company - one of the largest independent PR agencies in the world. In this position, Emily had the opportunity to demonstrate her leadership and managerial competence and transfer them into business development for the company. Whilst in this role, other successes included establishing a new division of beauty care in 2015 for the company which was a breakthrough. The clients in beauty care practices increased to dozens in the first year of operation, including LVMH Fresh, LVMH Dior, Clarins, Valmont, Whoo, the Face Shop and more.


Emily also personally works as volunteer helper to ACAA and AustCham South China to contribute to Sino-Australia relationships.


She is also a guest lecturer at the School of Professional and Continuing Education Hong Kong University where she teaches and shares the knowledge of marketing, public relations and sponsorship to Post Graduate Diploma students in Integrated Marketing Communications. Classes are held across Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu.



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