Islamabad, April 08, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Australian Trade Commission has launched an online business forum to connect Pakistani alumni from Australian educational institutions with business news and opportunities from Australia. The online forum is hosted on Linked – In, and the forum titled the “Australia – Pakistan Alumni Business Forum” was launched in Karachi on 8th April 2014.
The Linked – In forum will facilitate networking and business opportunities with and amongst Pakistani alumni from Australian universities and educational institutions.
The forum will;
– Enable alumni to keep up to date with developments in education, trade and investment in Australia.
– Connect Australian alumni in Pakistan who have shared interests.
– Exchange business ideas, research collaboration opportunities and find out about visiting experts as well as cultural and sporting events.
– Introduce business and investment opportunities with Australia for the alumni’s organisation and their professional contacts.
Speaking about the Linked In forum, Nicola Watkinson, Minister – Commercial and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner – South Asia, Australian Trade Commission, said “One of the most important aspects of the Australia – Pakistan relationship are the links that are formed by people who have studied in Australia. Many alumni are now well established in different domains of the society and can help to build stronger links between our business and academic communities. ”
“Alumni’s are often interested in staying in touch with Australia and leveraging their experience in the market for their business benefit. This forum will enable alumni to hear about new business, research and study opportunities and network with other alumni with similar interests. I encourage Pakistani alumni from Australian universities to become involved in building a strong Australia – Pakistan community that supports mutual understanding and bilateral cooperation. This initiative complements the work undertaken by Australian educational institutions and adds a business dimension to our engagement with our alumni.”, said Nicola Watkinson.
“The forum will support alumni in Pakistan through business and social networking. I encourage alumni them to stay connected with Australia as the future of our two nations will benefit from the strong relationships we build today”, said Nicola Watkinson.
An Alumni Working Group comprising of a cross section of Alumni’s in Pakistan from Australian Universities would also be involved in alumni activities.
Speaking about the launch of the alumni forum Saad Mahmood. Resident Director, AEO Pakistan and alumnus from The University of Canberra said, “I would like to encourage all Australian Alumni based in Pakistan or Australia to join this forum as this would be a very useful tool towards further enhancing the bilateral ties between Australia and Pakistan in all areas of mutual interest including linkages in the a reas of Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Food products, commodities, tourism, technology, engineering, etc”
Amneh Shaikh – Farooqui, Programme Manager, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute (ECDI) and an alumnus from Australian National Un iversity said, “ The Linked in Alumni Forum initiative is an idea whose time has really come! It promises to become an excellent way to build, connect, network and empower a passionate community of Australian alumni, comprising of students and professionals, who can create meaningful ways of working together and moving forward ”.
Dr Zeeshan Shaikh, Secretary, Australia Awards Alumni – Pakistan Executive Committee said, “ I am thankful to Austrade for providing a platform which will help members to stay connected to diverse range of people who have studied in Australia and now working in different sectors nationally and globally. I would encourage members to contribute to the platform ranging from career and academic mentoring to sharing of job prospects and internships.”
For more information, contact:
Australian High Commission
Constitution Ave and Ispahani Rd,
Diplomatic Enclave No. 1, Sector G-5/4, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 835 5500, 051 8355346, 051 8355422
Fax: +9251 282 0112