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The initiative, which was launched by former International Development Minister Ben Macpherson MSP, attracted over 220 applicants. In total, the Business School awarded 20 online scholarships giving the scholars a chance to study at a Scottish university while they continue to reside in Zambia. The Scottish Government has provided over £42,000 to fund the latest round of scholarships.
The newly-appointed Minister for International Development, Jenny Gilruth MSP, welcomed the high numbers of applicants and wished students every success:
She said: “Scotland has a longstanding friendship with Zambia. 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, Heriot-Watt University share those values, and I was delighted to see so many Zambian women apply for this opportunity. Due to this fantastic response, we doubled the number of scholarships available, and we very much hope that the future graduates will use the skills and knowledge gained to create employment and support local communities.”
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 aspiring business professionals across the world transform their careers. 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 very much look forward to welcoming the scholars to our community of students from around the world, 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 a senior management level and in boardrooms.”