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University of Sydney student wins 2006 Rhodes scholarship


10 November 2005

Jonathan, aged 24, aims to use his Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford to undertake postgraduate study in law with particular interest in international economic governance
Jonathan, aged 24, aims to use his Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford to undertake postgraduate study in law with particular interest in international economic governance

The winner of the 2006 NSW Rhodes Scholarship is Jonathan Bonnitcha, a University of Sydney graduate in Economics and Law.

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

Jonathan, aged 24, aims to use his Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford to undertake postgraduate study in law with particular interest in international economic governance. One of his special interests is International Labour Rights and he hopes to work at the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

He was educated at Hunter’s Hill Public School, Chatswood Public School and Newington College before entering the University of Sydney. During this year Jonathan studied International Economic Law and Human Rights at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands.

Jonathan is a very keen competitive windsurfer and sailor, and in 2003 was a member of the national Olympic squad for windsurfing. In 2004 he was named in the Shadow Olympic windsurfing team, and has his sights set on winning selection for the Australian Olympic Team to Beijing in 2008.

This year Jonathan came first in the Australian Sailing Championship (Mistral Class), and was ranked top in the Australian Olympic Class Windsurfing Rankings.

In 2003 Jonathan was awarded a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and the University Medal and in 2004 he was awarded the University of Sydney’s Convocation Medal for outstanding academic achievement and significant contribution to the life of the University by an undergraduate student. Whilst studying he has worked as a volunteer at the Marrickville Legal Centre. He also has a university ‘blue’ in sailing.

‘I have a strong desire to achieve something for others as well as myself from my career and to excel in my chosen field,’ said Jonathan.

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 Ani Satchithananda, University of Sydney Graduate in Commerce and Law and Richard Fleming, who is studying a Bachelor of Science in Business IT at the University of New South Wales.

Last year's NSW Rhodes Scholarship winner, Imre Hunyor who is currently undertaking medical research 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
Jake O'Shaughnessy ph: 9351 4312 or 0421 617 861.