PM’s award winner on his way to China

Prime Minister’s Asia Australia Award recipient Neil Thomas.
Prime Minister’s Asia Australia Award recipient Neil Thomas.

As one of 20 Australian undergraduate students to receive the award, Mr Thomas will spend the 2013-2014 Chinese academic year at the Renmin University of China, followed by an internship.

The former Wesley College dux and 2007 Beazley Medal winner said he felt very grateful and would use the opportunity to challenge himself personally and academically.

‘I am interested in China because I believe Australia should have a more open dialogue with Asia, not just for economic reasons but also to encourage cultural, social and political awareness.’

Having spent over 2