The Vietnam Investment Review on 26 January (Australia Day), 2015, has published an article, titled, AusCham hails alumni back from Australia as well as an advertisement (see below).

The article has been reproduced below.

AusCham hails alumni back from Australia

With the Australian community celebrating Australia Day on 26 January, the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AusCham) is finalising preparations to welcome back those Vietnamese who have just completed university degrees in Australia.

Next Sunday, 1 February, from 2-6pm, AusCham will hold its inaugural Welcome Back Aussie Alumni events in four cities including HCMC, Hanoi, Danang and Nha Trang. These events are aimed at creating a network of freshly graduated alumni, seasoned alumni and employers.

Executive Director of AusCham, Phil Johns explained that Vietnamese students in Australia often had two chief concerns about returning to Vietnam: being able to find a suitable job and experiencing reverse culture shock.

“AusCham is uniquely positioned to support these alumni. Our members are always looking to employ high quality staff and we have a number of members who are Australian alumni themselves. They can help the graduates readjust to living back in Vietnam”, said Johns. “We just needed to create the forum to bring everyone together.”

Australia is the most popular choice for Vietnamese studying abroad. Last year, 26,000 Vietnamese were enrolled in courses in Australia and this year, the figure has increased to 28,000.

The employers attending the Welcome Back events represent a wide range of industries: real estate, IT, resources, education, engineering, accounting and retail. The list of employers includes CPA Australia, Jardine Matheson, Savills, ASWIG Solutions, RMIT University, Masan Resources, Alchemy and IDP Education.

The events will be held simultaneously and are timed to coincide with the telecast of the Men’s Final of the Australian Tennis Open (one of four Grand Slam events in the world). The telecast will be beamed live into each event.

”The Australian Open will act as a symbol of what we have in common”, said Johns. “It will symbolise an Australian cultural thread that connects us all. Additionally, with the Open being telecast live, it will serve as a reminder that the time zones between our two countries are very business friendly. And, of course, the 8 hour direct air links aren’t bad either!”

Organisers of the Australian Open have also donated a small number of giveaways for Auscham to distribute.

It is expected that the Welcome Back Aussie Alumni events will become an annual highlight of AusCham’s calendar.