Prestigious award for China based alumni

July 13, 2010

A Beijing-based Murdoch University graduate has become one of only nine recipients of an award that acknowledges the successes of Australian university alumni based in China.

Ms Wang Yijia, who received an MBA from Murdoch in 1998, won an Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) and CPA Australia Alumni Award.  She is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of China Life Asset Management Company where she is responsible for overseeing USD $3.2 billion in assets.

Murdoch University Faculty Dean Law & Business, Chris Doepel, was among the 250 guests attending the awards in Shanghai on Saturday night where Ms Yijia received the ANZ Bank – ACAA Award for Banking and Finance.

“Murdoch University is honoured to see Wang Yijia receive the award,” Mr Doepel said.

“Her Murdoch MBA has clearly provided her with a firm foundation for business success. We wish her well in her future career.”

Ms Yijia has worked at China Life Asset Management since 2004. The company is part of the China Life Group, and manages assets up to RMB 1400 billion, with 38% market share. It is the largest insurance asset management company in China, and the largest institutional investor in the domestic capital market.

She set up the first Hong Kong subsidiary company owned by a Chinese insurance company, and her company was one of the first to receive approval for investment in foreign countries.

Ms Yijia has helped the company to participate in a public listing project after corporate restructuring and helped to execute financial and tax policies.

Since 2009 Murdoch has been increasing its academic and research collaborations with Chinese institutions, encouraging more Chinese students to come to Murdoch and enhancing opportunities for Australian students to study in China.

Murdoch has formed partnerships with highly ranked education institutions in North, South and East China which is likely to lead to between 250 and 400 Chinese students commencing study at Murdoch over the next two years.  Murdoch has also signed a sister agreement with Zhejiang University of Technology allowing their students to study at Murdoch.

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