TOP HONOUR: How a country kid became budding business leader
A HERVEY Bay student has been awarded with his university's highest honour - the Chancellor's Medal.
Fraser Coast graduate Myles Kreis, 26, was able to complete international internships, gaining Australia's most prestigious global study scholarship and taking on a host of leadership roles as part of his education journey through the University of the Sunshine Coast.
"I could not have anticipated the opportunities that would come my way when I first enrolled to study Accounting when USC opened its Fraser Coast campus in 2016," Myles said.
Miles grew up on his family's beef property at Gayndah, west of Maryborough.
"My mantra is that coming from a small regional area should never hold you back, so during my time at USC, I was determined to take every opportunity to advance my knowledge, skills, career and global experience."
In 2018, Myles gained a highly competitive $65,000 scholarship through the Federal Government's New Colombo Plan program.
He was named a New Colombo Plan Fellow after being ranked as the top candidate for South Korea and was the first USC student to achieve this honour.
The scholarship gave Myles the opportunity to study international strategic management at Seoul's Konkuk University, represent Australia at an international youth summit and complete two internships with South Korean companies.
"One of these internships was with changemaker company Root Impact where I worked in the global partnerships team helping to connect South Korean organisations and social entrepreneurs with foreign organisations, governments and social start-up firms," he said.
"Through the scholarship, I also had the opportunity to gain valuable networking experience by attending Australian Embassy functions in Seoul and events organised though the Australian Chamber of Commerce, including the 2018 Australia-Korea Business Council meeting."
Since completing a Business /Commerce (Accounting) degree at USC, Myles has gained a graduate position at Hervey Bay accounting and business advisory company FABsolutions.
Myles received several academic awards during his studies and graduated with a University Commendation for Academic Excellence after achieving an overall grade point average of 6.53 out of a possible 7.
It was also his volunteer work with a range of student and community events and initiatives, both in South Korea and at the Fraser Coast, that led to his successful nomination for the prestigious Chancellor's Medal.
Myles continued to volunteer while studying at Seoul's Konkuk University, helping new international exchange students transition into their study programs, and teaching English to Korean students.
Myles credits the support and encouragement of his family and USC Fraser Coast Lecturer in Accounting Dr Ratna Paudyal for much of his success.
"If it wasn't for Dr Paudyal's belief in me and his ability to generate a positive mindset, I would not have performed as well academically or have embraced as many leadership opportunities that I did," he said.
Dr Paudyal said Myles was a worthy winner of the Chancellor's Medal who had contributed extensively to USC and the wider community during his undergraduate degree.
"As a student, he possessed an entrepreneurial spirit to initiate change, enjoyed contributing to help teams achieve their chosen goals and worked to enhance the university experience of other USC students," Dr Paudyal said.