UNSW Sydney alumnus Anh Vu Vincent Nguyen has been selected to join the third cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, an international scholarship program founded by American financier Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Modelled on the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University and the classical Chinese academies known as Shūyuàn, the Schwarzman program aims to educate the next generation of global leaders to better understand China.
Nguyen, who graduated from UNSW in 2012 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Business Strategy and Economic Management, is one of 142 scholars chosen from more than 4000 applicants from around the world. He is one of only six graduates from Australian universities to join this cohort, and the first student from UNSW to join the program since its inception.
The students will develop their leadership skills and professional networks via a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Tsinghua this year ranked 30th in the world on the Times Higher Education university league table.
Nguyen, who is from Vietnam, has worked in Sydney’s financial sector and the not-for-profit space, serving on management committees of charities and professional associations in Australia and Vietnam.
The 28-year-old is the founder of a publication platform for Vietnamese to share their knowledge and tell their stories. He also founded Vietnam Centre, an organisation with a mission to promote Vietnam to the world.
In his home country, he serves as a Central Committee Member of Vietnam Youth Federation. He wants to promote a mutual understanding and economic partnership between Vietnam and China.
The Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2019 comprises students from 39 countries and 97 universities, with 41% from the US, 20% from China, and 39% from the rest of the world. The scholars will enrol at Schwarzman College on the Tsinghua campus in August 2018.
Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship based on China’s role in global trends. Students live and study together at Schwarzman College, a newly built state-of-the-art facility where all classes are taught in English. Students pursue a Masters in Global Affairs, concentrating on Public Policy, Economics and Business or International Studies. They spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society.
Mr Schwarzman, co-founder of global private equity firm Blackstone, contributed more than $US100 million to the scholarship program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $US500 million to endow the program in perpetuity.