Australia China Alumni Association



  Monthly Newsletter: Issue #109


  April 2019

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Upcoming Events

MQ - Global Alumni Impact Series



Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor warmly invites you and your guest for the 2019 Global Alumni Impact Series in Shanghai.


Macquarie University is keen to bring its alumni community together and would very much like to see you at our first Shanghai alumni event for 2019.


Don't miss out on this opportunity to catch up with your fellow alumni, senior University staff, or simply make new friends as you reminisce on your Macquarie experience. Drinks and buffet will be provided.


We appreciate if you can register by Saturday 11 May (unless booked out prior). Please do share this invitation with your Macquarie friends living in, or visiting, Shanghai.


Macquarie University and the Shanghai Macquarie Alumni is looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 15 May!


18:00 - 21:30

15th May 2019


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La Trobe Lost Alumni Competition


Alumni of La Trobe University - it's time to update your details, and you could win a $1,500 MasterCard! Before 20th May!


Staying connected to your La Trobe alumni community gives you access to the alumni benefits program. By updating your contact details, you’ll stay up-to-date with the latest alumni news and world-leading research, be invited to exclusive networking events, and have access to a wide range of benefits to help you thrive in your career and continue your passion for learning.


Update your details HERE.


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April Greetings​!


We kicked off April with the ACAA Autumn Picnic in Melbourne and it was a blast! With the establishment of the ACAA Melbourne branch, we will have more and more activities and events in Melbourne and Australia. Make sure you follow us to stay tuned!


The ACAA Mentor Program started in March and we were glad to receive many mentor applications during the past two months. While the mentor applications close on 30th April, the mentee applications will start on 1st of May. Find out more about our Mentor Program in the ACAA News section below.


The ACAA Team




ACAA Mentor Program 2019
Mentee Applications Open on 1st May

Over the past two months, we have received many mentor applications and have also spent time explaining the ACAA Mentor Program to possible candidates. If you are interested in applying as a mentor, please don't leave it until the last minute and remember to submit your application ASAP.


For further details about the ACAA Mentor Program, please click HERE.

The mentee applications will open on the 1st of May. We will be explaining the process of the mentee application submission and answering frequently asked questions in the next two months across all ACAA media channels, make sure you stay tuned by following us.


For further details about applying as an ACAA Mentee, please click HERE.



The ACAA Autumn Picnic at Melbourne
6th April 2019



The ACAA Autumn Picnic was a great success, as the first social activity for ACAA Melbourne. We welcomed Alumni from Australian universities, young professionals and also some industry experts to gather along the banks of the Yarra River to network and share food! Picnic is a great and relaxed way to meet people, as it is casual and creates a relaxed environment. Under the Autumn sun, our diverse group of alumni & professionals participated in social-networking games and ice breakers. 


It was wonderful to see the graduates from different universities across Victoria to meet each other and share their experiences of studying in Australia and ways of improving employability.


The picnic also provided the chance for three of ACAA Melbourne’s Interns from Monash University to practice their public speaking. Three themes were explored in the story telling Q&A session, from “How to lead an independent life in Australia”, “How to look after your mental health before graduation and whilst finding a job”, and finally “Why internships are important for employment and self improvement”. These three discussions allowed for the group to give advice to one another and also connect with other alumni who may have experienced similar situations.


Thus the picnic was not just a social event, but was a place that inspired connection and support — the two keys to a successful alumni community!


We were also lucky enough to get some advice from experts who work in HR, career coaching and education. Thank you for providing our members with your advice and connecting with them as well!





Rewarding Success


Sally Begbie · Faith · Hope · Charity 



Coming back with one of our most beloved projects, Rewarding Success, we are delighted to introduce the second interviewee, one of the finalists of 2018 Australia China Alumni of the Year Award, Mrs Sally Begbie (AO). She’s the founder and executive director of Crossroads Foundation, as well an alumna of Macquarie University.


Water pollution, war damage, extreme poverty, human trafficking, and natural disaster… The broken world we are living in has seen too much suffering, whilst the need of humanitarian aid in our world today is absolutely massive. What can we do? Crossroads Foundation is Sally’s answer to this question. What inspired Sally to start the Crossroads at the first place and how does Crossroads provide humanitarian aid to the world?


Click HERE to view the full interview and find out the answers.



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