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December 2014 Newsletter

President's Message


Dear all,

I set the following Vision 2016 for AAS when I assumed the role of President 8 months ago:

  • To be a leading alumni association in Singapore with over 5,000 members
  • To be a strong facilitator to members in professional and business networking
  • To be a key promoter and supporter of Australian education to Singaporeans and Singaporean education to Australians

In order to achieve the above, we would need:

  • Strong support and efforts from the Management Committee, Working Committees and both the Individual and Institutional Members of AAS
  • Collaboration with The Australian High Commission in Singapore, Australian University Alumni Associations in Singapore, Australian Chamber of Commerce (“Austcham”) in Singapore and Australian and New Zealand Association (“ANZA”)
  • Sponsorship from Australian institutions in Singapore and Singaporean institutions with presence in Australia for win-win partnerships

AAS’ membership has doubled to 1,100. The free subscription for individual membership promotion has been extended till Dec 2015. All new and existing individual members will not have to pay membership fee till end 2015.

We have tremendous support/ from our Co-Patron HE Philip Green, The High Commissioner of Australia to Singapore and his team throughout the year, including the hosting of two key events at his residence:

  • Celebration of Australian Alumni on May 20th, attracted 500 attendees and was graced by our other Co-Patron, His Excellency Dr Tony Tan, President of The Republic of Singapore. In fact, 1,000 registered to come, unfortunately only half of them could be accommodated
  • Celebration of Colombo Plan Scholars and the New Colombo Plan on August 22nd, had a full house of 300 attendees including the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop.

Our AAS Ambassadors Melvin Gwee, Lee Ee Win and our Secretariat have worked tirelessly to engage the Australian University Alumni Associations (”AUAAS”). We have great support from the Presidents of the AUAAS and their reps who came for bi-monthly meetings. As a result, we have made a major step forward by having signed Engagement Policy & Framework MOU with University of Melbourne Alumni Association, Murdoch University, The University of Queensland Alumni Association of Singapore, Swinburne Alumni Association Singapore Chapter, The University of Adelaide and Macquarie University Alumni Association (Singapore). We will collaborate and organize joint events. AAS will provide some financial and logistics support. The AUAAS will reciprocate by encouraging their members to join AAS. READ MORE

Best regards
Christopher Cheah
Australian Alumni Singapore



Among Friends - AAS 59th Anniversary Gala Dinner


The Amara Sanctuary Resort in Sentosa, was the gathering place for members, friends and guests of the Australian Alumni Singapore who came together in celebration – not just of its 59th Anniversary but of the milestones achieved through the efforts of many at the dinner.

There was laughter aplenty, vigorous handshakes and hugs.  Sipping cocktails, the guests mingled freely, amidst the seemingly endless flow of people arriving.  In his welcome address, Chris Cheah, the President of AAS newly elected in May, expressed his thanks to the association’s co-patron, H.E. Philip Green, High Commissioner of Australia, for his tremendous support throughout the year, which included his hosting of 3 key events at his residence:

  1. The AAS Annual General Meeting,
  2. Celebration of Australian Alumni, which was graced by His Excellancy Dr Tony Tan, the President of the Singapore Republic,
  3. Celebration of the Colombo Plan and New Colombo Plan, which had the attendance of the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop.

Chris went on to briefly update the guests on the significant developments since the new Management Committee was elected 8 months prior.

  • AAS membership has doubled and is currently in excess of 1100
  • Cash sponsorship of $250,000 have been secured to date
  • There have been regular bi-monthly meetings with the Presidents of the local chapters of the Australian University Alumni Associations (AUAAs)

He announced that AAS’ engagement efforts with the AUAAs have reaped results with Memoranda of Understanding having been signed with 6 AUAAs.  In 2015, this initiative will see AAS co-organising strategic joint events with these 6 AUAAs, with AAS providing logistical and financial support towards the important role that AUAAs play.

AAS is also facilitator to a new hospitality programme that will see AUAAs play hosts to visiting new Colombo Plan scholars and Australian students on short transitional visits.

Our Guest-of-Honor and co-patron, His Excellency Philip Green, began his address by sharing the first impressions of a young Minister Iswaran excerpted from the publication ‘Among Friends’ Singapore’s Colombo Plan Scholars in Australia.  He then went on to describe “this dinner -  in fact the whole AAS – as being among friends … of Australia, of Singapore and of Australian education. It is that feeling of warmth, of connection and of understanding that makes the alumni links between Australia and Singapore so vital for the bilateral relationship.”

Philip Green concluded with another quote, this one taken from a speech delivered by a former Prime Minister of Australia, John Gordon, at the 1971 AAS dinner . In that speech delivered 43 years ago, PM Gordon mentioned his dream of “a cross-fertilisation of students – Australians coming to Singapore, Singaporeans coming to Australia”.  Aptly, with the Columbo Plan and New Colombo Plan, and the hospitality of those who host both Singaporean and Australian students, this dream, has come full circle to become reality.


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View the photos from our 59th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Dance!

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The AAS term of membership expires on 31 December and all Individual Members (who are not Life Members) and Institution Members are usually required to renew their membership.

However, the Management Committee of AAS is pleased to announce that the free subscription for individual membership promotion has been extended till Dec 2015. All new and existing individual members will not have to pay membership fee till end 2015. Your membership will be automatically renewed till Dec 2015!

Institutional Members will be receiving their renewal notices shortly.

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