Inbox: Wanted: Top business scholars

One of New Zealand’s most valuable academic prizes is up for grabs again as applications open for the 2012 Cranfield New Zealand Alumni Scholarship. The successful applicant will complete an MBA at Cranfield School of Management, one of Europe’s top business schools.
Cranfield New Zealand alumni, Cranfield School of Management, and the NZ-UK Link Foundation together offer the scholarship which is worth around $80,000.
Speaking on behalf of Cranfield alumni in New Zealand, David Ryan describes the programme as “very arduous and demanding experience”.
Ryan, who completed his own Cranfield MBA in 2001, says it’s great chance for young professional to learn about best business practice around the world.
“New Zealanders have shone on the Cranfield course,” he says, “taking top academic and leadership prizes in the past five years.”
The scholarship targets graduates with good academic credentials who already have had worthwhile management careers.
“This is because the Cranfield MBA is not just about individual study,” says Ryan. “Students, who come from all over the world, are expected to use their experience to contribute fully to lectures and study groups.”
Scholarship winners in recent years have come from all parts of New Zealand from the insurance, government, product development, biomedical and infrastructure sectors.
In addition to the main scholarship which is open to anyone of New Zealand origin, Cranfield is also offering two partial scholarships for Maori, to help develop talent to boost Maori economic development.
Applications close in May this year.
Situated just north of London, Cranfield School of Management has offered postgraduate management courses, research and consultancy for over 40 years. The current full-time MBA course has 79 participants from 31 countries.
In recent survey by Forbes magazine, alumni ranked Cranfield as the top non-US school in terms of satisfaction for MBA education and preparedness.
The NZ-UK Link Foundation – originally the Waitangi Foundation – creates and promotes educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the UK.
• For more information on the scholarship: www.cranfieldmba.info/NZscholarship
• Cranfield School of Management: www.som.cranfield.ac.uk
• The NZ-UK Link Foundation: www.nzuklinkfoundation.org

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