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December 6 2006

2nd Rhodes Scholar for UniSA

Amy King, UniSA's 2nd Rhodes ScholarUniSA International Business/International Studies graduate Amy King last night won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University from September 2007.

King becomes UniSA’s second Rhodes Scholar and joins a long list of distinguished Australians, such as former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Tony Abbott, Geoffrey Robertson, Sir Zelman Cowan and Lord Florey, to have received the scholarship.

“This is an absolutely unbelievable honour. I think I’ll be pinching myself for a while,” King says.

“It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to study at Oxford. There are great expectations to do good things. It’s definitely something I want to make the most of.”

Fluent in Japanese and with a keen interest in Sino-Japanese relations, King will undertake Oxford University’s Master of Philosophy in Modern Chinese Studies.

“I will have the opportunity to study China’s modern history, economy and political system, as well as language study of Mandarin Chinese,” King says.

“The dynamics of Sino-Japanese relations will define the future of Australia’s region. After gaining a deeper understanding of Asia’s languages, politics and security environment, I hope to be able to work with the International Crisis Group. In the long term, though, my goal is to pursue a diplomatic career.”

Winners of Rhodes Scholarships must also display significant community service and sporting achievements. King, who last year won the University of South Australia Medal, is currently Chair of the Minister’s Youth Council, a member of the South Australian Government Strategic Plan Update team, founded the UniSA Exchange Society and is an accomplished martial artist.

Among her many other activities and interests, King initiated and developed the Shattering Ceilings: Young Women & Leadership Forum and is currently developing a mentoring register for young women in South Australia.

In congratulating Ms King, Vice Chancellor Professor Denise Bradley AO says her achievements are remarkable by any measure.

“Amy King is a very impressive young woman, with a formidable academic record, strong leadership qualities and a social conscience,” Prof Bradley says. “Her advocacy on behalf of women, in particular, promises to have far-reaching impact.

“On behalf of all at UniSA, I congratulate Amy on winning the Rhodes Scholarship. She becomes a member of a very elite club and we look forward to celebrating many successes in her career in years to come.”

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