Alumni awards (Issue 23, 2010)


La Trobe International Relations Manager Mr Leon Lyell, Ms Linda Jaivin, Ms Wendy Zhang and Australian Ambassador to China Dr Geoff Raby

Chinese alumni from Australian universities had their achievements recognised in November 2009 at the inaugural Australia China Alumni Awards in Beijing.

The top prize went to Australian alumni Mr Hui Wing Mau, Shimao Property Chairman and China’s third richest man. Other stand-out winners include the Director of International Arts Cooperation at Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts, Mr Qiao Luqiang, and the Deputy Head of Industrial Design at Tsinghua University,
Dr. Chao Zhao, who won the Qantas Research and Innovation Award for the impressive achievements made throughout his design career.

A La Trobe University delegation led by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor John Rosenberg and La Trobe International Director,
Ms Liz Stinson, attended the event in support of the initiative. Professor Minyue Hou, Deputy Director of the Australian Studies Centre at East China Normal University and a La Trobe alumnus, was one of the finalists for the Qantas Alumni Award for Research and Innovation. La Trobe alumnus Mr Shuai Yang, Executive Vice President of CIBT School of Business, made a speech about the role of the alumni for La Trobe University and of his fond memories during his time at La Trobe.

Sponsored by CPA Australia, the awards also received wide support from the Australian business and government community, including ANZ Bank, Qantas Airways Limited, and the Australian government agencies for development, trade and education.

‘The awards underline the central role being played in the development of  the relationships between Australia and China by both alumni of Australian universities, of which we hope to see more in the future, and by Australian alumni of Chinese universities as well,’ said Rowan Callick, awards judge and Asia-Pacific editor of The Australian.

The success of these first Alumni Awards insured that a similar event will be held in 2010, at the World Expo in Shanghai.

The Australia China Alumni Awards are an initiative of the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA), a not-for-profit organisation started in 2007 and funded by 20 Australian universities and several Australian government agencies. The ACAA has offices and holds regular events in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and aims to connect Australian university alumni across China with their universities and each other. Alumni can register on the website to receive updates, event notices and news.