Monday 22 November 2010 1:50pm
University of Otago graduate Iona Mylek has been selected as a Rhodes Scholar.
Ms Mylek recently completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours at Otago. She graduated at the top of her Political Studies Honours class.
At Oxford University, she intends to study for a Masters in Global Governance and Diplomacy followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree. She is particularly interested in investigating how non-governmental organisations influence efforts to eradicate global poverty at a political level, both in terms of mobilising civil society and influencing the actors and institutions of Global Governance.
Ms Mylek has been involved in voluntary work both in New Zealand and overseas. She has been an active worker and organiser for Trade Aid and World Vision and a member and presenter for the Global Poverty Project. Between her third and fourth years of study, Iona travelled to Kenya as a volunteer primary school teacher. She was a competitive gymnast during her school days and she is a keen runner, swimmer, cyclist and snowboarder.
Two other New Zealand graduates, Ryan Manton and Richard Higgin, were also selected as Rhodes Scholars.
Tenable at Oxford University, Rhodes Scholarships constitute the pinnacle of achievement for university graduates wishing to pursue postgraduate study at one of the world’s leading universities. In this country, the awards are administered by Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara.
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