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Alumni back search for future leaders

The University’s Business School launch a new Scotland-wide search for the future talent who will drive growth in the nation’s key sectors.

Executive MBA Scholarship
L-R Malcolm Kirkup (University of Edinburgh Business School) Ian Walker and George Blair (Johnson & Johnson). Photograph by James Glossop.

The School is calling for exceptional professionals to compete for the chance to be awarded one of five scholarships – covering up to all programme fees – for its 27 month, £27,100 Executive MBA.

The scholarships are aimed at individuals working in, or with ambitions to develop a career in one of five key sectors - Life Sciences, Financial Services, Renewables, Digital and Food & Drink. The Scottish Government has identified these five sectors as key to the nation’s economic development. Combined, they already contribute more than £90bn to the Scottish economy annually and employ half a million people.

Alumni endorsed

The initiative is backed by leading alumni in industry including MBA alumnus Ian Walker (Johnson & Johnson), Anne Richards (Aberdeen Asset Management) who graduated with a BSc in electronics and electrical engineering, and Dr Colin Adams (Technology incubator, Informatics Ventures) who obtained his BSc and PhD from Edinburgh.

Giving young people the skills to lead in the Global Life Science sector will be key to the future. I fully support the five sectors identified by Edinburgh University to create future leaders with a strong educational foundation. There is a huge amount of talent here that could use this Scholarship to access knowledge to build a better and more prosperous future.

Ian WalkerCorporate Citizenship Director, Johnson & Johnson

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Successful applicants will have the opportunity to join the programme - which focuses on equipping students with strategic and responsible leadership skills - in 2015/2016 or 2016/17. 

Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Expressions of interest should be logged on by midnight on Sunday 12th July. Nominees will then be asked to submit a 1,000 word statement on why they should be selected, with shortlisted candidates undertaking a rigorous selection process before the five scholarships are awarded at the end of July.

Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-returnable deposit of £1,500 to confirm their commitment, before the programme start date.

With this initiative we want to harness exceptional talent across Scotland to shape and upskill the next generation of leaders, so they can navigate these sectors to future growth on the international stage.

Dr Malcolm KirkupDirector of MBA programmes at University of Edinburgh Business School

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