Scottish Government and Edinburgh Business School announce MBA scholarship

Edinburgh Business School, part of Heriot-Watt University, and the Scottish Government’s International Development Fund are offering 10 fully funded scholarships for females to study an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.  

The news about the initiative was delivered by International Development Minister Ben Macpherson during a special event in Lusaka’s Latitude 15 last night (30 August). 
 
Mr Macpherson addressed the audience via video message and encouraged women from all backgrounds to apply.
 
He said: “Scotland has a longstanding friendship with Zambia and I was privileged to visit the country myself last year in order to help foster those close links. The Scottish Government’s International Development Fund is working in partnership with organisations from both countries to further our shared values and the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development – particularly the commitments to access to quality education and gender equality.
 
“Edinburgh Business School and Heriot-Watt University share those values, and I am delighted to announce 10 full scholarships for women in Zambia to study an MBA programme. This unique opportunity will allow women to study online in Zambia, and gain a professional qualification in business.
 
“I encourage as many aspiring business leaders as possible to apply for the programme, which will begin in January 2020. In particular, we are keen to encourage applications from women who might not otherwise be in a position to fund their studies.”
 
Commenting on the announcement, Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, said:
 
“Our mission at Edinburgh Business School is to help business professionals across the world transform their careers and support aspiring business leaders as they enter competitive job markets.
 
“Our students and alumni develop professionally and personally throughout their learning experience and we are delighted to partner with the Scottish Government and offer the Scholarship to women in Zambia. 
 
“We hope that the MBA Scholars will use the skills and knowledge gained during their studies to enhance their careers, support their local communities or even start new businesses. And we also hope that the selected individuals will support other women in business, providing guidance and mentorship to females who are still underrepresented across many industries at senior management level and in boardrooms.”
 
The event in Lusaka last night was organised by Heriot-Watt University’s alumni association in Zambia, The Watt Club, and was attended by Zambian graduates and high-profile guests, representing Zambia’s higher education sector. 
 
Applications are now open for the MBA Scholarship and women at various stages in their careers are encouraged to apply. To find out more about the Scholarship and to apply, visit Edinburgh Business School’s website on our Zambia scholarship page.
 
Applications close on 10 November 2019, and the selected scholars will be announced on 16 December 2019.
 
The scholars who complete the MBA Programme will automatically receive a free and lifelong membership of The Watt Club.

Ben Macpherson MSP addressing the guests in Lusaka
during the scholarship launch event on Friday, 30 August: