China Matters Young Professionals is a project of China Matters that was established in 2016 to provide a unique platform for Australians in the early stages of their careers to examine, debate and publish on policy issues pertaining to the Australia-China relationship.
The Young Professionals project aims to create a dialogue between outstanding young individuals aged 35 or under who work in business and the public service, especially those dealing with foreign policy and security issues as well as trade and investment flows between Australia and China.
Please note: The Young Professionals Project has been paused temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seventh Young Professionals Debate
Topic: Are Australian universities treating PRC international students as ‘cash cows’?
On 26 November 2019, China Matters held its seventh Young Professionals debate in Melbourne in partnership with Asia Society Australia. The debate brought together two young professionals and two special guests to debate a challenge facing the Australia-China relationship from the perspective of both business and government. The event was targeted at young professionals aged 35 and under.
Team 1 on the affirmative: Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice Chancellor International, University of Melbourne and Ms Kate Clayton, Academic Tutor (International Politics), University of Melbourne
Team 2 on the negative: Mr Philipp Ivanov, CEO, Asia Society Australia and Ms Isabella Mory, Regional Manager for Greater China, Trinity College Foundation Studies, University of Melbourne
Moderator: Mr Thomas Day, Enterprise Solutions Manager, Asialink