Shanghai stories in store for UTS alumni

23 February 2017

From Alibaba’s headquarters to Shanghai’s booming start-up scene, UTS alumni are headed to China in March thanks to a new scholarship that will see them participate in the 2017 China Australia Millennial Project.

Nine young UTS alumni are among 18 recipients of a new UTS scholarship which will see them participate in the 2017 China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) Summit – a dynamic incubator program bringing young leaders and innovators from the two countries together.

The graduates and a number of UTS staff and students who also received the scholarships, worth $5,500 each, will join around 150 other young entrepreneurs and innovators from a broad range of industries in Shanghai from March 22 for a five-day summit that marks the start of the 100 day bilateral business incubator, in which participants work to find solutions to challenges common to both countries, under the guidance of industry and academic mentors.

This year, CAMP’s Shanghai summit will also take participants to China’s ecommerce giant Alibaba's Hangzhou headquarters, Shanghai University, Austrade's new Shanghai landing pad as well as experiencing the city’s booming startup hubs and co-working spaces. Participants will then embark on a 100 online program to refine their ideas, before reconvening in Sydney in June for another five-day summit, which will be hosted at the UTS campus.

"We are delighted to be able to support UTS students, staff and alumni as they collaborate with some of the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds at this year's China Australia Millennial Project," said Professor William Purcell, UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International and Advancement.

"The CAMP program is a unique opportunity for these scholars to test their ideas in a dynamic, collaborative and fast-paced environment.

"The high calibre of these scholarship recipients is testament to both the passion for innovation and entrepreneurship within the UTS community, and the University's strong industry partnerships and engagement with a range of international initiatives like CAMP, which allows us to foster and support the leaders of tomorrow," said Professor Purcell.

Alumni recipients include four graduates from UTS Business School, including:

  • Kersti Muras (Bachelor of Business 2017)
  • Samy Mansour (Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2006)
  • Benjamin Lu (Bachelor of Business 2009) and
  • Zhendong Long (Master of Accounting 2011)
  • Haiping Xu (Bachelor of Business 2016)

As well as:

  • Natalie Krslovic (Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Social Inquiry) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, 2016)
  • Debby Ng (Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (China), 2016)
  • Larry Yin (Master of Media Arts & Production (2010)) and
  • Annette McClelland (Bachelor of Communications, 2013 and current MBA student)

Among the UTS contingent, China aficionados Debby Ng, and students Tamika Jarvis, Kulsoom Hussain, and Sattam Rahman, will be expanding their China experience, all having previously travelled to China as part of the prestigious Dr Chau Chak Wing scholarship program.

Other UTS participants include UTS students Ying Wang, Cristal Wu, Lu Wang, Monica Axiak, Max Parasol and TianChu Zhao.

The 2017 CAMP Summit follows the program’s successful launch in 2015, co-founded by UTS alumni Andrea Myles,who was inspired to enhance Australia-China relationships beyond simple transactional exchanges while at university.