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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
tertiary education 43 KIRAN MAZUMDAR- SHAW, 56 EDUCATION Postgraduate degree, Malting and Brewing, University of Ballarat CURRENT POSITION Managing Director, Chairman and Founder of Biocon, India SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS Significant Achievements: 2004, India's richest woman. 2005, named in Forbes list of India's 40 richest people. Nikkei Asia Prize, 2009 for Regional Growth. Express Pharmaceutical Leadership Summit Award 2009 for Dynamic Entrepreneur. Economic Times Businesswoman of the Year'. 'Technology Pioneer' recognition by World Economic Forum. The Indian Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. ❝ My Australian education equipped me with the confidence and the international exposure to pursue a brewing career on my return to India and later proved invaluable in my own entrepreneurial endeavour, Biocon. I owe my biotech beginnings to my Australian network. I started Biocon in partnership with a biotechnology company in Ireland but it was an Australian brewer, Colin Dowzer, who introduced me to the founder of the Irish company, Les Auchincloss. ❞ DATO SERI MUSTAPA MOHAMED, 59 EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts (Honours); Doctorate of Commerce, University of Melbourne CURRENT POSITION Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS Former Minister of Finance, Entrepreneur Development, Higher Education, Agriculture, International Trade and Industry in Malaysia. ❝ Winning a Colombo Plan scholarship to pursue my tertiary education at the University of Melbourne was a turning point in my life. It opened up a new world of possibilities. I gained a first-rate education over the past 35 years, I have been able to serve my country in different capacities in various ministries. In Australia, I met people from different backgrounds and shared in their cultures and ideas. I learned to see things from a broader perspective. I often find myself drawing on these experiences in my engagements with government and industry leaders from all over the world. Undoubtedly, my experiences in Australia helped define me professionally. ❞ DR CHAO ZHAO, 36 EDUCATION Doctor of Philosophy, Industrial design, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) CURRENT POSITION Deputy Head of Industrial Design Department, Tsinghua University, China SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. Winner Qantas Alumni Award for Research and Innovation, 2009. Four China Red Star Design Awards. ❝ I selected an Australian education because of its strong international reputation for excellence. It gave me a rich cultural experience, and broadened my professional insight. I value the Australian university culture which highlights both academic research and real-world innovation, a unique mix which I now try to bring to the environment at Tsinghua University. It is through the network of people I met at QUT that our design school now collaborates with five Australian universities, enabling visiting Australian lecturers and helping us reform our curriculum. ❞