2018 Business School Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 20 June 2018  @Business School

​More than $3m-worth of scholarships were awarded to nearly 300 students at the 2018 Business School Award Ceremony, held on Wednesday 6th June.

The annual event, held in the John Niland Scientia Building, celebrates the academic achievements of the School's highest performing undergraduate and postgraduate students, and the generosity of scholarship donors.

The awards were presented by Professor Chris Styles, Dean of UNSW Business School, and Professor Nick Wailes, Director of AGSM and Deputy Dean of UNSW Business School.

The awards were for various categories of meritorious academic achievement including honours, international exchange, sports, research, and leadership.

Notable achievements include the Dean's Award for Service, presented to Catherine Hu (Undergraduate), Vladimir Kalmanovich (Postgraduate), and Samuel Gardner (AGSM).

Additionally, the Gail Kelly Global Leaders Scholarship, which provides a transformative exchange program for an undergraduate student to study in South Africa, was awarded to Edward Bartolo. The Scholarship program also provides an opportunity each year for a South African student from the University of Cape Town to study at UNSW on the international exchange program, the inaugural recipient is Zizipho Luwaca who will join UNSW in July.

The Award Ceremony was introduced by Joanna Ma and Luke Clinch, co-presidents of the UNSW Business Society, who spoke about being fortunate to participate in a Business Case Competition and a Global Business Practicum respectively.

Professor Styles then made a formal welcome, highlighting how disruption to industries is changing jobs, but expressing his belief that UNSW students will be prepared.

"In this new world we need leaders who can learn their way into the future," said Professor Styles, adding that entrepreneurial leaders who see and create opportunities that don't yet exist, and who make things happen, will be vital in the years ahead.

Keynote speaker and former CEO of Westpac, Gail Kelly, then addressed the audience with her philosophy of living a 'whole life'. She highlighted the need to identify and prioritise important things in life outside of work.

Mrs Kelly referred to Stephen Covey's time management matrix from his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

"It is very sobering when I realise how much time is spent in the quadrants, low importance and low urgent, and low importance and high urgent," she said, adding how we risk neglecting 'high importance, low urgent' factors that are critical to our happiness and success, such as relationships, spirituality, and personal development.

Mrs Kelly concluded by urging the audience to make a difference in others' daily lives, by looking for ways to help others "succeed, flourish and grow."

Photos from the evening can be viewed here. Visit the UNSW Business School Awards Ceremony for a full list of recipients.