ACAA: Great Leap Forward


The Australia China Alumni Association celebrates new partners, new members and its new patron, HE Ms Frances Admason, Australia’s new Ambassador to China.

The ACAA has been as busy as ever, organizing the ACAA / CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni Awards, our annual hike in Beijing, meeting with visitors from a whole range of universities and the Australian Council for Private Education & Training (ACPET). We have also secured new partnerships and services for our members! We now engage some 5,675+ alumni and we continue to sign up new alumni at a rapid pace.

We’re very pleased to welcome our newest corporate partner, AustJOBS, a web-basedacaa_baiquan_mountain_hike_web service helping people from all over the world find employment and secure migration to Australia. The ACAA is delighted to announce that all ACAA members are now able to register for this service and can upload their CV online so that thousands of Australian employers can have you on their radar! So if you are looking for a job in Australia, look no further than the website.


We’d also like to thank all our award sponsors for the highly successful 2011 Australia China Alumni of the Year awards. Without them the night would not have been possible. We’d also like to thank all the highly talented winners, finalists and nominees. You are all great ambassadors to Australia and through your endeavours you make your universities and your educational home proud. For a full rundown of the night and winners, click here.

For more information about the awards, including judging, finalists and photos please visit and follow the links.

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Announcing our New Patron

The ACAA is very pleased to announce new Australian Ambassador to China, Mrs. Frances Adamson, as the ACAA’s new national patron. When we recently met and briefed Ambassador Adamson, she stressed the importance of building strong people to people ties between Australia and China and feels that alumni play a key role in building the relationship and prosperity of these two great countries. Ambassador Adamson has pledged her support for the ACAA and thanks all the ACAA’s current partner universities and corporate sponsors for their support. The ACAA is now the largest Australia-China people-to-people network of any kind.

Farewell Reception for outgoing Shanghai Consul General

The ACAA along with the team at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai was proud to host a farewell reception for outgoing Shanghai Consul General, Mr. Tom Connor. A Deakin University alumni, Tom has come to the end of his four year term in the position and he and his family are leaving with a strong reputation amongst the Shanghai Australia-China Community. Mr. and Mrs. Connor welcomed approximately 50 alumni to the Consul-General’s Residence to share stories, drinks and some networking. We’d like to thank Mr. Connor and his family for their strong support of the ACAA in Shanghai and surrounds. We wish Tom the best of luck in his future postings.

ACAA Education Committee Update

The inaugural ACAA-EC industry round table event held in August attracted fifteen international education professionals, was represented by three countries (Australia, the UK and the USA) and 11 universities. The group was also lucky to have present visiting senior executive Eva Chye, from the University of Western Australia and Ms. Lei Xiaofeng from Australian Education International, Beijing. The round table, conducted in Chinese, allowed for open and free communications between all participants. This manner of discussion led to some valuable insights and workable suggestions for all those attending, including Australian government representatives.

A copy of the meeting outcomes will be available for download from the ACAA website soon. 



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