Jordan Gifford-Moore, a Law and Arts student at Flinders, is the recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship for 2017 for South Australia.
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.
Announcing the award, the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, said the Rhodes Scholarship recognises the very best students who are committed to excellence across a range of endeavours.
“I am delighted to announce that Jordan Gifford-Moore has been awarded the 2017 Rhodes Scholarship,” His Excellency said.
“I am certain Jordan will be an excellent ambassador for South Australia and the Rhodes Trust, and I wish him all the very best for their future success at the University of Oxford.”
He said 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’.
This year Jordan is completing 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.
He also has gained recent work experience at the Sydney office of law firm King and Wood Mallesons and as a sessional tutor and legal research assistant at Flinders.
At Oxford University, 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.
Previous Flinders University Rhodes Scholars include:
- 2010 Josh Makepeace BSc (Hons) 2010
- 2001 Philip Clark BIntSt 2000 BIntSt (Hons) 2001
- 2000 Nick Gallus BEc 1997 LLB 1999
- 1986 Vicki Ann Spencer BA 1983 BA (Hons) 1984 MA (SocSc)(Res) 1989