Aneil Jaswal, a fourth-year student in our Global Resource Systems (GRS) program, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for British Columbia.
The scholarship of nearly $150,000 will allow him to pursue dual masters degrees in global health science and global governance and diplomacy at Oxford University, starting October 2011.
“I am very excited for what Oxford holds in store,” said Jaswal. “I’m interested in a holistic approach to health, so being able to attend another world-class institution and build on the breadth and diversity of my undergraduate education is more than I can ask for.”
Jaswal is focusing on global health issues in low-income countries, encompassing perspectives that include public health, economics, political science and history. He has conducted research on health systems with the World Health Organization in Geneva.
He is currently developing an online course for Health Sciences Online that explores the relationship between trade and health, addressing intellectual property rights, trade of health services and products as well as the socioeconomic impact of trade agreements.
As the national director of the youth-based advocacy campaign, Stand for the Dead, Jaswal has spent several years advocating for peaceful resolution to the conflict in Darfur.
The Rhodes Scholarships are designed to bring outstanding students from across the world to study at Oxford University in the interests of promoting international understanding and public service. Each year, 11 Canadian students are selected from across the country to receive this honour. Past recipients include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Prime Minister John Turner.
–By Lorraine Chan