December 11, 2013
Alexander Wang, a senior at NYU Abu Dhabi majoring in social research and public policy, has been chosen as a 2014 Rhodes Scholar to study at the University of Oxford in England—an honor received by just 80 undergraduates around the world annually.
Wang, a member of NYU Abu Dhabi’s inaugural class, is the first NYU Abu Dhabi student to ever win the award. He was recognized for his high academic achievement, integrity, respect for others, and potential for leadership. At NYU Abu Dhabi he has devoted considerable energy to promoting volunteerism, and has focused on exploring issues related to labor and migration. He plans to focus on migration studies once he enrolls at Oxford.
“Many contemporary scholars and policymakers that I have admired over the last four years while studying in Abu Dhabi have been Rhodes Scholars,” says Wang. “Being part of this incredible network of scholars, and an intellectual pedigree that extends from the turn of the 20th century to now, feels incredible.”
Established in 1902 by the will of the late British businessman Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Scholarship is one of the world’s oldest and most recognizable awards for international fellowship and academic study. Applicants are selected in a two-stage process that includes endorsement by their college or university, followed by in-person interviews. This year approximately 1,750 students sought their institution’s endorsement; 208 applicants from 91 colleges and universities reached the final stage of the competition.
Notable past recipients of the Rhodes accolade include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, astronomer Edwin Hubble, author Naomi Wolf, and the Nobel Prize-winning pharmacologist Lord Howard Florey, whose work led to the discovery of penicillin.