2005 NSW Rhodes Scholar Announced

21 October 2004

The winner of the 2005 NSW Rhodes Scholarship is Imre Hunyor who is studying Medicine at the University of Sydney.

The announcement was made today at NSW Government House by the Governor Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, AC.

Imre, aged 24, is a first generation Australian who aims to use his Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford to develop his skills as a clinical scientist in cardiovascular medicine. He was educated at St Ignatius College Riverview and the University of Sydney where he was one of the youngest students admitted to the Graduate Medical Program. During his course he worked with poor and remote indigenous communities in the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory and at the prestigious Harvard Medical School and Mt Sinai Hospital, USA.

Imre says his commitment to cardiovascular medicine stems from having seen first hand the devastating effects of heart disease on Australia's indigenous population.

'This group is more than twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease and diabetes. By 2020 ischaemic heart disease will rank first in the world as a disease burden,' he says.

Imre's other interests include surf lifesaving, soccer, skiing, music and debating - representing the University of Sydney at several World Universities Debating Championships.

From the selection of this year's NSW Rhodes Scholarship finalists, two other participants will now go into the selection for the 'Australia at Large Rhodes Scholarship', which will be announced in Canberra later this year. They are UNSW students David Winterton and Jeni Whalan.

Last year's NSW Rhodes Scholarship winner, Stephanie Topp, who is currently studying for a Masters of Development Studies at Oxford, is also a University of Sydney graduate. Previous prominent Rhodes Scholars include Malcolm Turnbull, Geoffrey Robertson, Kim Beazley and Bob Hawke.

Media enquiries:
Dr William Adams
Honorary Secretary of the NSW Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee
ph: 9351 3003 or m: 0414 641 039
Jacob O'Shaughnessy ph: 9351 4312 or m: 0421 617 861.
Andrew Potter ph: 9351 4514 or m: 0414 998 521