Chinese Studies Alumni Association

C/o Department of Chinese Studies, School of Languages and Cultures (A18), University of Sydney, NSW 2006.

About the Association

The association consists of all alumni of the department of Chinese Studies who wish to be members, plus the current staff of the department. It holds a number of functions every year to maintain links between old friends and provide a friendly environment in which people at different stages of careers that may involve use of Chinese can network with each other. Highlights have included Moon Festival gatherings, Chinese poetry reading sessions, a “Double Ninth” outing to the Blue Mountains, unforgettable Anzac Day picnics at Fern Valley Ranch, a highly successful alumni reunion to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1956 resumption of the teaching of Chinese at the University of Sydney, and distinguished guest lectures at Annual General Meetings.

Friends of the department who are not alumni are welcome to participate in all activities, although they are ineligible to vote at Annual General Meetings.

There is no annual subscription. However, donations to the The Chinese Studies Alumni Bursary fund are always welcome. Follow the link for the Chinese Studies Alumni Association webpage.

The Chinese Studies Alumni Bursary

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and other friends, the Chinese Studies Alumni Bursary fund has passed the critical $20,000 mark. This means that it is now possible to launch the award.

The preferred use of the Alumni Bursary will be to help students from Chinese universities with which the University of Sydney has exchange agreements to meet the high costs of living in Sydney for a year or a semester. This will indirectly benefit students of the department of Chinese Studies, who will have opportunities of going to China on exchange only if we can maintain functioning exchange agreements. However, the conditions also allow awards to be made directly to University of Sydney students to help them meet the cost of studying Chinese in China, or staying on at the University of Sydney for an Honours year in Chinese Studies.

We should be able to make the first award of $1,000 in 2007. However, we badly need to increase our capital in order to fund more generous awards in the future. Any contributions to this effort will be warmly appreciated. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible in Australia and will be acknowledged appropriately.

If you would like more information about the bursary, please contact the Chair of department.