Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Rhodes Scholars Elect For 2014

Rhodes Scholars Elect For 2014


Click for big version.
 

(from left) Hamish Tomlinson, Alice Wang, the Governor General Lt Gen the Right Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Benjamin Abraham.

8 November 2013

Benjamin Abraham, Hamish Tomlinson and Alice Wang and have been selected as Rhodes Scholars Elect for 2014, following a selection meeting chaired by the Governor-General at Government House in Wellington on 7 November

Rhodes Scholarships are the pinnacle of achievement for university graduates wishing to pursue postgraduate study at Oxford University, one of the world’s leading universities.

The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors. The three Rhodes Scholarships for New Zealand reflect a partnership between the Rhodes Trust and the Robertson Foundation.

The selection criteria for Rhodes Scholarships include academic excellence, leadership and character.

In New Zealand the awards are administered by Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara.

Benjamin Abraham is studying at the University of Otago, after attending Logan Park High School in Dunedin. He is completing a BA (Honours) in Politics

At Oxford, he intends to pursue Development Studies and would like to focus his career on international cooperation to enhance sustainable development policy, including the eradication of extreme poverty.

Benjamin says he relishes the opportunity to attend “one of the great bastions of critical thought” and to connect with scholars that are passionate about bettering the world

He has received numerous scholarships, including a University of Canterbury summer scholarship this year in which he contributed to producing a resource on the resilience of NGOs following the Christchurch earthquakes. 

At university he has immersed himself in a range of service orientated organisations, such as the P3 Foundation, a New Zealand youth-led development organisation. He has also established a networking and collaboration forum for service organisations across campus.

Benjamin is a keen basketball player and has represented Otago at various age group levels for many years. 

Hamish Tomlinson is studying at the University of Canterbury, after attending James Hargest College in Invercargill.

He is completing a Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering.

At Oxford he hopes to undertake a DPhil in Biomedical Engineering, using mathematical models to improve understanding of illnesses, particularly the treatment of stroke. He says he is looking forward to learning from Oxford’s history and rich traditions and would love to join the Oxford cycling club, one of the oldest cycling clubs in the world. 

Hamish is an outstanding cyclist and represented New Zealand at the Junior World Championships, breaking the New Zealand record for the track cycling team pursuit.

He says the potential to see his work used clinically inspired him to pursue postgraduate study in biomedical engineering.

At university he is an active tutor and mentor, which has included facilitating career expos and guidance for first-year students. He is also the faculty representative of the UC Engineering Society.

He is the recipient of the 2013 UC Beca Engineering in Society Award, given in recognition of academic performance and leadership potential, as well as contributions to the university and society.

Hamish also has a strong aptitude for hockey and basketball.

Alice Wang is studying at the University of Auckland, after attending Avondale College in Auckland.

She is completing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws Conjoint Honours degree.

At Oxford she intends to pursue a Master in Public Policy (MPP), followed by an MSc in Economics for Development. She is looking forward to the intellectual rigour which Oxford offers and says she is “exhilarated and humbled in equal measure.”

Alice would like to return to New Zealand and be a leader in public policy to address economic and social inequality, and help create a fairer and more equitable society.

Her interest in public policy began at high school, particularly through her involvement in the Auckland City Youth Council.

At university she has led Make a Difference with Economics (MADE), a student organisation aimed at achieving tangible social change through the application of economics. She has also undertaken research for the University of Auckland’s Centre for Applied Research in Economics to reduce child maltreatment.

She is a highly accomplished musician and plays the piano, trombone, viola and oboe, as well as composing and teaching music.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news