Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Beijing and a snack with a sting in the tail

We had another short stay over in Beijing at the end of last week. We left Shanghai early on Thursday morning and arrived mid morning. We then left late on Friday. Even though it was a whistle stop tour we managed to cram a lot in.

Rob MacDonald from our International Office met us in Beijing along with Frank our members of staff who is based in China and covers the Nortn of China for us.

After arriving we went straight on to an alumni lunch with one of our very prominent alumni Derek Chan. Derek studied accounting at CQUniversity in Mackay. He was one of our earliest international students on that campus. He has very fond memories of his time with us. He is now a Principal at LVF Capital. He is also the Deputy President of the North China Committee of CPA Australia. He is going to work with us to identify how we can make more contact with our Alumni.

On Thursday evening we had an Alumni and Partners event. This was well attended and it was good to meet up with so many people. The feedback from our Alumni was that they want to be more involved  with the University. There were lots of good ideas on how we could use their expertise - including using them to act as mentors to our students.

Next morning I went to the Australian Embassy to meet up with David Dukes, Liu Zhen and Chuyang Liu from the Australian Trade Commission. They gave a very informative briefing on market conditions in China. The low exchange rate of the Australian Dollar does open up some great opportunities for us. I think that in the future our in country staff will make much great use of the services provided by Austrade.

In the afternoon I met up with one of our very important partners at GROK - James Aldridge. I also received a market briefing from him. I also discussed how we could work with his company to increase our reach in China.

Jo Perry, Me, James Aldridge, Rob MacDonald, Frank

From there it was off to the airport to catch our Mongolian Airways flight to Ulaanbaatar and luxury - a weekend off and five nights in one hotel. But before we left we dis have time to nip out for a quick bite to eat - her is Jo, Rob and me having a scorpion kabab 

No comments: