Executive MBA Scholarship for charity sector
Hull University Business School has introduced a full scholarship opportunity for a voluntary sector employee to undertake an executive MBA (EMBA), beginning September 2012
Historically perceived to be for those from a traditional business background, EMBAs are proving increasingly invaluable for those from non-traditional business environments. The charity sector is becoming progressively complex and comprises many large organisations with intricate governance and financial requirements that are well suited to the skills of an EMBA graduate. However, the current challenging economic climate and the nature of the third sector itself mean that funding for higher level study is particularly difficult for these employees to obtain.
Dr Dianne Dean, MBA programme director at Hull University Business School, said: “We wanted to offer this this full fee scholarship to an individual from the voluntary sector to help overcome the barriers to this type of further education. We are very much committed to engaging with the community and the voluntary sector as part of our responsible leadership philosophy.”
She continued: “As a result of our strength in engaging varied organisations, our EMBAs attract a broad range of delegates from diverse business backgrounds. This scholarship builds on that while also enhancing the learning and networking for those already on the programme.”
Scholarships of this kind are few in number and the grant is worth £18,400 over two years. A valuable award in itself, the recipient could find the experience priceless for their career as EMBAs can provide exceptional benefits to those in the voluntary sector. The course equips graduates with high-level skills in many areas including problem solving, leadership, marketing, logistics and communication and offers an insight into all areas of contemporary business practice. In addition, most Hull EMBA delegates are either promoted or gain higher level employment upon graduation.
Jane Stafford graduated this year with an EMBA from Hull University Business School and is Managing Director of Hull-based charity, Child Dynamix. She said: “The opportunity to network with people from all over the world and from so many different business backgrounds was a real highlight. The Executive MBA was extremely diverse and gave me the chance to learn about the next level of business and generate new ideas. I have come away with more of the tools I need to enable me to ensure Child Dynamix continues to succeed into the future.”
Hull University Business School has strong links with the third sector include a number of corporate partnerships with organisations from within the industry such as the Goodwin Development Trust. Its CEO, Peter McGurn said: “The announcement of this full-fee Executive MBA scholarship to an employee within our charity sector is a hugely significant milestone in the bid to further strengthen the links between business and community. Promoting the concept of social enterprise as a viable business model is a core focus of the Goodwin Development Trust’s work with Hull University Business School - conveying that message to students fundamentally influences the mind-set of the business leaders of tomorrow.”
The university is committed to achieving the very highest standards, highlighted by the prestigious 'Triple Crown' of accreditations from the European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools in Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
Bursaries are also available to individuals from other industry sectors. For further information and to apply, visit www.hull.ac.uk/hubs
or contact Gavin Betts, Programme Leader of the Executive MBA at Hull University Business School, on G.Betts@hull.ac.uk