ACYA and Melbourne Football Club

New and exciting adventures continue to roll on for ACYA – RMIT Chapter. Joining forces with the University of Melbourne Chapter, members were given the opportunity to attend a unique trip to the hallowed turf of Australian Rules football, the Melbourne Cricket Ground; made possible by the extremely generous support of the Melbourne Demons Football Club and their Partnerships Manager, Tom Parker.

The day began with the gift of official scarves from the Demons and tickets to the National Sports Museum. There, the local students introduced the basics of the oval-balled sport to Chinese international friends, as well as sampled on sport simulation drills such as goal kicking, archery, and cycling.

The time neared as places were taken on the stands to prepare for the Demons’ Round 1 opening clash with the Brisbane Lions. Braving the chilly conditions, and with hot dog and pies never too far away, the spectators witnessed a emotion driven match, all the while our international friends coming to terms with the Football lingo such as a mark, speckie and smother.

Unfortunately, the Demons could not come home with a win – going down to the Lions by 41 points. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable and enriching experience to share the Australian sporting culture to overseas visitors and we all have a Melbourne memento to keep us warm in winter!

By Kevin Lay

Australia in the Asian Century Competitions

The Australian Institute of International Affairs has created a series of online competitions to encourage students to be a part the debate around the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.

There are three competitions:
Be Heard: a short essay competition focusing on Australia in the Asian Century
How You See It: a multimedia competition for students to reveal how they see Australia in the Asian Century through images, short video clips or infographic presentations
Make a Pitch: a competition for students to create a pitch to either the Australia Network or Radio Australia for a new program to promote Australia in Asia

Prizes include:
Pitch your concept to the Australia Network or Radio Australia
Meet with Australia in the Asian Century Taskforce members and/or attend an Asian Century event, including travel costs
Be published in an ACCESS publication
Complementary membership to an AIIA Branch

London School of Economics Migrant Survey

The London School of Economics and Political Science is conducting a major global survey of migrants. If you moved to Australia from China after 1989 and have been here for more than 5 years (even if you are a student and may not continue to live in Australia)you can contribute to this survey – Please share the link with friends who meet the criteria!


John Fitzgerald at Beijing Forecast – Weds. 28 March

John Fitzgerald, Director of the Ford Foundation in China (former professor of Chinese history and author of “Big White Lie”), will discuss the work of the Ford Foundation and the challenges facing domestic and foreign philanthropy in China at the BEIJING FORECAST, Wednesday 28 March.

Hosted by China Policy, the cost of 60rmb includes excellent refreshments.

RSVP to by Monday, March 26

ANU Asia Pacific Week application deadline now 30 March

ANU Asia Pacific Week has extended the applications deadline to 30 March 5pm (Canberra Time) due to a last minute surge in applications forms. 

Just to clarify who is allowed to attend this fantastic conference; any advanced undergraduate students as well as masters and doctoral students with an interest in the Asia Pacific region are allowed to apply. There is a wide variety of scholarships available to both international and Australian delegates.

For more information, including how to apply, go to


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How can you sponsor ACYA?

ACYA’s current sponsorship policy is based on two levels of support: Gold and Silver Sponsors.

Gold Sponsorship is AUD $10,000 for 12 months. The benefits of Gold Sponsorship include:

  • Gold Sponsors will have an exclusive marketing presence on the main page of the website (Silver Sponsors will not);
  • ACYA will limit Gold Sponsors to one company/institution from each industry;
  • Gold Sponsors’ logos will be present in all marketing materials that are ACYA related (Silver Sponsors will not);
  • ACYA will be able to assist in forwarding CVs of suitable candidates for internship/graduate opportunities;
  • ACYA will be able to assist in organising on-campus events at our respective chapters; and
  • Further tailored co-operation if beneficial for your company/organisation.

If your company / organisation were to sponsor ACYA as a Silver Sponsor, the cost would be AUD $4,000 for 12 months. The benefits of Silver Sponsorship include:

  • ACYA will have a dedicated section in our website that your company/organisation could sponsor;
  • ACYA will be able to assist in forwarding CVs of suitable candidates for internship/graduate opportunities; and
  • ACYA Silver Sponsors will be part of a rotating ‘In Focus’ Silver Sponsor review on the main page.

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship, please do not hesitate to contact us:

ACE Space

Each of ACYA’s chapters operates an ACE Space – a weekly gathering where young Chinese and young Australians can meet to practice their language skills, offer advice, exchange ideas, watch movies and just generally to catch-up. The Australia-China Exchange Space takes many forms across the chapters, with some choosing to call it by different names, but ultimately with the same substance of promoting cross-cultural friendships and understanding. Contact your local Chapter President for information on how you can participate in your chapters ACE Space.