UNE student an international leader of tomorrow

Published 11 March 2014

TimRhodesA UNE honours student has been selected from a field of over 1000 students from around the world to attend a prestigious international symposium in Switzerland as a Leader of Tomorrow.

Tim Rhodes was selected to participate in the 44th St. Gallen Symposium after he ranked in the top 100 contributions of an essay competition against graduate and postgraduate students from 380 universities and 107 nationalities. He now has a chance to win the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award and a share in EUR 20,000 prize money.

Tim is currently completing his honours in the reproductive ecology and genetic diversity of an endemic Australian shrub under the supervision of Professor Caroline Gross.

“Professor Gross together with the School of Environmental and Rural Science has been influential in developing my world view by exposing me to the research process and tough conservation questions,” Tim said.

“The field course I attended in Tanzania, as part of my honours, further developed my global perspective.”

Tim’s essay was written on solutions to overcome the crisis of rising graduate unemployment.

“Using my formal training in evolutionary theory, I constructed an argument that we need to reform the education system to allow creativity and true education to flourish, promoting curiosity, passion and individual talent.  I also argue that it is necessary to completely demolish the stigma surrounding failure.

“My approach encourages creative solutions and the pursuit of meaningful change, the result of which will animate itself in a culture of entrepreneurship, along with its greatest economic embodiment: job creation.”

As a leader of tomorrow, Tim will get the opportunity to discuss this year’s topic, The clash of the Generations, together with 600 top decision makers of today’s business, politics, academia and society from all over the world. This includes top-level executives from the World Bank, Glencore Xstrata, and the Reserve Bank of India among many others.