ANU Students Awarded Schwarzman Scholarships

5 December 2017

Two students from The Australian National University (ANU) have been selected from more than 4,000 applicants globally as 2018/2019 Schwarzman Scholars.

Asian Studies and Law Honours student Alice Dawkins and Computer Science graduate Andrew Wrigley were awarded the scholarships, which are designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders by focusing on understanding China's emerging role on the global landscape.

The competitive program, funded by American Stephen Schwarzman, offers students a one year Master program in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Mr Wrigley, who is the co-founder of Neliti, Indonesia's largest platform for sharing academic research, described the scholarship as an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"My ANU experience was life changing both in and out of the classroom, and I'm extremely excited to be continuing my academic and professional journey in China", Mr Wrigley said.

"I will gain a deeper understanding of Chinese language, culture and politics and ultimately, I hope to leverage this knowledge in my work as an entrepreneur - continuing Neliti's mission of making the world's scientific knowledge accessible to everyone regardless of language or financial background," he said.

Ms Dawkins said the scholarship offered a unique opportunity, bringing together students from 97 different universities across the world.

"We'll be living together, learning together, making sense of China and the world together, all from unique perspectives and starting points," she said.

"It can be tough to mediate the worlds of the foreigner and the local in cities like Beijing. Schwarzman College creates a space where those boundary crossings are set up for you already."

Both Ms Dawkins and Mr Wrigley were previously New Colombo Plan Fellows.