ACYD Alumna Lisa Qin awarded the Young Australia China Alumni of the Year

On 24th November 2018, the Australia China Alumni Awards were announced at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel. Lisa Qin, a 2013 alumna of ACYD was awarded winner of the category AIDE – Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award. Congratulations Lisa!

About the award

The Australia China Alumni Awards was established in 2009 by the Australia China Alumni Association, and is a high-profile initiative recognizing the wide-ranging achievements of graduates of Australian universities that are currently based in China, both local and expatriate.

Over 500,000 Chinese students have studied in Australia since the early 1970s, and the Australia China Alumni Awards celebrates the successes that have been achieved upon returning home. The Alumni Awards also seeks to recognise the diverse achievements of Australian expatriates in China, and the deepening Australia-China relationship.

About the recipient

Lisa Qin is an education specialist passionate about community building and enhancing the Australia-China relationship.  Benefiting from a world-class education built the foundation for Lisa’s strong advocacy for all children to have an excellent education.  A former lawyer, her career in education has involved addressing educational disadvantage. 

Lisa taught at a regional school through Teach for Australia, and worked for the Asian Development bank on reforming vocational education in China.  She then moved to UNICEF China working to improve equitable and quality education, especially for the most vulnerable children.  Since then, Lisa has become recognised as a leader influencing national education policy to transform children’s education outcomes through Teach For All, a global education organisation. 

Lisa has demonstrated leadership through numerous community service activities, including founding a knowledge exchange network for early childhood educators and enhancing cross-cultural engagement through the Australia China Youth Dialogue, a forum for young leaders to advance the bilateral relationship, where she was a board director.

An Australian National University graduate, Lisa holds dual master’s degrees in Teaching from the University of Melbourne and in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she received the Frank Knox Fellowship.