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Bond University student amongst Prime Minister's top 20

Part of an elite few – only 20 in Australia - Bond University Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of International Relations (Business) student Thomas Harrison was awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarships to study overseas, it was announced last week.

Awarded a 2010 Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award - Undergraduate, Harrison will study at Soochow University in Suzhou, China from September next year before completing a professional internship placement in China in 2011.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said this scholarship win was exceptional and demonstrated Bond’s ability to produce some of Australia’s best and brightest students.

“This award win is an outstanding personal achievement for Tom.  It is a reflection of the tremendous commitment he has to his studies and the dedication Bond University has to helping our students succeed. 

“The Prime Minister’s Endeavour Awards - Undergraduate are only offered to 20 of Australia’s best and brightest students each year.  It is a unique opportunity for students and the University to build and strengthen international educational alliances, further deepening our Australia-Asia ties,” Professor Stable said.

This latest scholarship tops a fantastic year of achievement for the Bond University Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar.  Harrison is currently in Shanghai as part of a study tour after winning the Queensland State Government’s Shanghai Cup language competition in June.

With his sights set on his career Harrison hopes this scholarship will bring him one step closer to achieving his goal of becoming an Australian lawyer with knowledge of China’s language and culture.

“I plan to study and work in China for more than one year building my professional network and gaining a greater appreciation for China’s language, culture and business operations,” Harrison said.

“It is an honour to receive this scholarship; undoubtedly the experience will be invaluable in helping me establish strong ties within China to launch my career,” he said.

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