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Dr Beibei Zhang, Assistant General Manager, China Merchants Property Development Co. Ltd and a graduate of the University of Newcastle is the 2010 winner of the Australian Education International Young Australian of the Year award. Interview by Sophie Loras.
Profile: Dr Beibei Zhang
I initiated my study in Australia in 2001. One of the reasons behind my decision was that I was still young and wanted to learn new things, another reason is that my father had already helped me to make the decision to go Australia to open my mind.
The best thing I gained from my four and half years study in Australia was my heart becoming open and calm. I made some friendships that will last throughout my life, and I also had some beautiful experience and memories in my personal life that made me love Australia even more.
On the date I attended my doctorate graduation ceremony, I brought the University of Newcastle one of my paintings – one of my art works for the Watt Gallery named Life—water lily as a gift. My life started there – in Australia.
Over the past two years I have analyzed the development path of China’s property market and indicated trends in based on macroeconomic changes and the sector's business model. I have advised on reform to the business model and found a joint point between property development and property investment, in other words, a crossing point between finance and property development and operation which is now in practice.