2010 ACC AustCham Scholarship Recipients Announced

In its inaugural year, the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce Beijing (AustCham Beijing) is pleased to announce the 15 Australians who will be taking part in the 2010 ACC AustCham Scholarship. The Scholarship is a comprehensive career development platform aimed at fostering the next generation of Sino-Australian business leaders. Each year the scholarship will bring to China Australia’s top graduates across a range of academic disciplines to undertake a full time 9 month graduate traineeship. During the traineeship, they will receive Mandarin language training, access to the Chambers professional business network, mentorship and sponsorship to attend business and industry seminars. At the end of the internship, exceptional individuals will be offered full time positions in the companies China operations.


The purpose of the program is to prepare Australia’s future business leaders with the skills and experience necessary to navigate and thrive in the changing global marketplace. All recipients have demonstrated exceptional academics, extra curricular excellence and the potential to become future Australia-China business leaders.






William Benson

Australian National University

BComm & B Asian Studies

WesTrac China

Samuel Bunt

Australian National University

BComm & B Asian Studies

GNS China

Cecilia Chan

University of Melbourne

BMultimedia (Hons) & MM


Katrie Lowe

University of Technology Sydney

BEng & B Int. Studies (Hons)


Bethany Mann

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

BDesign (Interior)(Hons)


Chris McDonald

University of New England


Navitas China

Alexander Osti

University of Adelaide

BEng (Hons), LLB (Hons) & PhD

Bluescope Steel

David Shaw

University of Queensland

BA & BEcon


Kevin Shi

University of New South Wales

BComm & LLB


Andrew Tang-Smith

Curtin University of Technology

BSc & MArch

Woods Bagot

Samuel Wearne

Deakin University

BA, BSc & MSc


Si Qi Wen

University of Sydney

BA & LLB (Hons)


Selene Wong

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

BArch (Hons), BInt (Hons) & March

Woods Bagot

Ben Zhang

University of New South Whales

BEng (Chemical) & MSc


Helen Zhang

Australian National University

B Asian Studies & BLaws (Hons)

One China Initiative


This year the scholarship received 160 applications from 23 Australian universities. Applicants included two Australian sporting representatives, several national level sporting champions, two Prime Ministers Asian Endeavor Award winners, a CCTV Language Proficiency finalist and multiple academic scholarship recipients. The average university entrance mark and weighted average university marks were 94.7 and 73 respectively. 53% of applicants held an intermediate or higher level of mandarin proficiency, 36% had studied at a university level in China and 53% have travelled in China.


The Scholarship would not be possible without the support of the Australia-China Council (grant provider), The National Australia Bank (sponsorship provider), Qantas (flights), Live the Language Mandarin school, Asia Pacific Access (Visa and immigration consultants) and our 11 corporate internship partners.


For more information about the Scholarship, how you can engage the scholars or how to become a partner, please contact:


Matthew Costello | Graduate manager | graduatecareers@austcham.org | +86 10 6595 9252