ANU student Ross Tan has been awarded one of the inaugural and elite Schwarzman Scholarships to study for 12 months in Beijing.
Schwarzman Scholars is a prestigious program for students around the world to live and study at the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
"It's a rather unique program so it is very exciting to be part of the first cohort," Mr Tan said.
"People like Kevin Rudd, Tony Blair and Colin Powell are all on the advisory board. For me this was more than enough reason for me to throw my hat in and see what would happen."
Mr Tan is one of 111 students who were selected from 3,000 applicants from 135 countries who will start a Master's degree in Public Policy, Economics/Business or International Studies in August 2016.
"The scholarship has an interesting hybrid focus of being a public policy masters specifically focused on the context of China and how it relates to the rest of the world. It will help foster a greater understanding of China for aspiring academics, business people and scholars from around the world," he said.
Mr Tan completed a Bachelor of Asian Studies with Honours at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, and he is currently undertaking research for his Honours at the ANU College of Law.
"I've been very fortunate to do a lot of study aboard through the College of Asia and the Pacific and this has been a significant part of what has made me who I am today," he said.
Mr Tan has completed a semester at the University of California, Berkeley and completed a Year in Asia program in Beijing. He has also taken part in the three week To China summer school at the University of Torino, Italy.
Mr Tan also completed a University of Alabama summer school program through the ANU College of Law.
He was awarded a Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Scholarship to research his Asian studies Honours project in Beijing and in 2015 attended the Australia-China Youth Dialogue in Brisbane as the ANU Fellow.
Mr Tan said his success was brought about by studying and working alongside people like Professors John Minford and Peter Drysdale.
"Their insight into historical and contemporary China has been invaluable," he said.
Originally published by ANU Newsroom.