The prestigious scholarship offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to study at the University of Oxford in England, a position that 23-year-old Jordan will take up next year.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have fantastic teachers at Blackwood High and Flinders Law School,” the high achiever says.
“My parents, friends and teachers have all supported me and scholarships have really helped me too.”
Jordan went from Flagstaff Primary School to Blackwood High School where he completed Year 12 with an almost perfect ATAR score.
Before starting a civil law degree and postgrad studies at Oxford next September, he plans to travel back to China and do another work stint at a Sydney law firm while finishing a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (American Studies & Politics) at Flinders.
He has studied at three Chinese universities, including Peking University under a Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Undergraduate Endeavor Award in 2014-15, as well as a US Congress internship under the Flinders Washington Internship Program.
Jordan’s recent work experience has been at the Sydney office of law firm King and Wood Mallesons and as a sessional tutor and legal research assistant at Flinders.
At Oxford, Jordan plans to continue his commercial law studies specialising in public-private partnerships (PPPs), the method of financing infrastructure projects between the public and private sectors.
“After graduation, I hope to work and learn at the World Bank PPP Centre, before returning to Australia,” he says, adding Australia is in a prime position to help the development of Asia-Pacific nations with sustainable PPPs and enabling legislation.
“Many of these developing nations are desperate for social infrastructure investment but the complexity of PPPs means that they may lack the expertise necessary to implement them.”
Among his various community service activities, Jordan has been an active Law Student Association committee member and peer mentor, Red Cross Australia volunteer and helps refugees with legal, health and language issues.
At Oxford, he aims to join the Oxford Human Rights Hub.
Jordan joins a long list of remarkable and inspiring South Australians, including the great Lord Howard Florey, and Australia’s first Indigenous Rhodes Scholar, Rebecca Richards.
The Rhodes Scholarship perpetuates the commitment to learning, research and humanity of businessman and philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, who died in 1902, leaving his estate to fund the Scholarship.
Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their outstanding academic achievement, character, leadership and a commitment to service. The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders for the world’s future’.
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