Source: University of Canterbury
02 November 2020
For the fourth time in five years, a University of Canterbury (UC) economics student has received the prestigious Sir Frank Holmes Prize for economics.
Daniel Watt from Christchurch has been recognised as the top graduating economics student from an undergraduate programme in New Zealand, winning a cash prize of $3500 towards ongoing postgraduate study.
“It is a great honour to receive the award, and I am sure that this will help greatly in my future career. I am also very excited to be heading back to UC for my Master’s degree. It will be great to meet all my old lecturers again and get back into doing theoretical economics,” said Watt.
The award, presented by the former Chair of the New Zealand Reserve Bank, Professor Arthur Grimes, at a formal ceremony in Wellington on 22 October, is funded by Motu, the country’s leading think-tank on economic affairs.
Watt completed his Bachelor of Science at UC with a double major in Economics and Computer Science. He was also awarded the Sir George Grey Scholarship in 2019 as the top Science graduate. Watt plans to return to UC to undertake a Master’s degree in Economics in 2021.
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