8 May 2014

Australian students awarded by Crown Princess Mary


Today HRH Crown Princess Mary gave out The Crown Princess Mary Scholarship to two Australian exchange students studying at the University of Copenhagen.

The two scholarship recipients are Emma Bowers, University of New Souh Wales and Harry Barton, Monash University in Australia.

The two scholarship recipients are Emma Bowers, University of New Souh Wales and Harry Barton, Monash University in Australia. Photo: Agnès Colbert. (Click to download image in large version.)

- Both of you have demonstrated academic skills of outstanding standards. But equally important, you both appear to have a catching enthusiasm to go beyond the textbooks. You have ceased the opportunity to engage in an international experience which will benefit and enrich not only your academic careers but also your personal lives, said HRH Crown Princess Mary in her speech to the two Australians.

Emma Bowers studies Law and was attracted by the way of teaching and engaging in the class room at The Faculty of Law in Copenhagen. Harry Barton studies Biology and Geography at The Faculty of Science and chose Copenhagen because of the city’s green profile.

Both students have been nominated for the scholarship by their home universities and outstanding recommendations have come with the nominations. They are both described as hard-working and talented academically and in their extra-curricular activities.

Rector Ralf Hemmingsen hosted the award.

Rector Ralf Hemmingsen (to the right) hosted the event. Photo: Agnès Colbert. (Click to download image in large edition)

HRH Crown Princess Mary also complimented the recipients for their courage to experience the world:

- I hope that spending a semester in Copenhagen will add new perspectives to your international outlook; that the academic as well as the personal experience you gain here will provide you with new knowledge and inspiration to fuel your future work.

Increasing number of Australian students in Copenhagen

Each year the University of Copenhagen welcomes almost 2000 exchange students, and the number of students travelling from Australia to a small country up north is still increasing.

- The students are particularly attracted to the range of different courses taught in English at the university. They also like the thought of living in a big city which is cosy as well as safe. While Danes are happy to speak English it is also considered a little exotic that we speak our own language too, explains Anne Bruun from The International Office at the university.

The ceremony took place at the University of Copenhagen on Thursday 8 May 2014.


Mette Rousøe
Communications Officer
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