Federation University has honoured seven of its brightest shining alumni at the 2018 Federation University Australia Alumni Awards, with a previous MBA student receiving accolades for International Alumna of the Year.
The seven award winners were selected from Federation University’s alumni members spanning more than a century, and were chosen for their achievements within their chosen field of study and beyond.
“The University has a long history of producing outstanding alumni from all of our campuses,” Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor said.
“Our alumni community contributes to the communities in which they live and work in many different ways, including the professions, industry, the arts, sports and philanthropy.
“Over 103,000 students have successfully graduated from the university since our foundation in the 1870s, including 25,000 alumni from 87 different countries around the world,” Professor Bartlett said.
International Alumna of the Year winner Emily Ying Situ studied an MBA with Federation university and was nominated for outstanding professional achievement, having worked as the general manager of Ruder Finn Thunder, one of the largest independent PR agencies in the world. In 2013, Emily established their Hong Kong and Guangzhou offices.
She currently works for one of Forbes Asia’s Top 50 Companies, a leading integrated property developer in China, where she is responsible for supervising communication and branding activities for Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and the UK.
According to the university’s award justification, Emily distinguished herself in the communications industry since completing her MBA with FedUni.
“Emily Ying is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with others and is a guest lecturer in Integrated Marketing Communications at Hong Kong University. She maintains a strong connection with Australia and contributes to China-Australia relations by volunteering with the Australia-China Alumni Association (ACAA) and the China Australia Chamber of Commerce-South China (AustCham).”
Federation University’s Alumna of the Year went to Rachel Flynn, who was recognised for her contribution to children’s literature as both an author and a teacher.
Other award recipients include Alumnus of the Year Tim Diamond for his philanthropic efforts behind the Unite Project to fight youth homelessness, Run Australia events and the Cotton On Foundation, and Dr Louis William Gordon Buchner-Malcolm, who was believed to be the first School of Mines alumnus to complete a PhD, and the first to do so at an overseas university in the early 1900s.