Top business school introduces scholarship fund aimed at developing future business leaders

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Published December 26th, 2010 - 04:13 GMT
Cass Business School
Cass Business School

Cass Business School, a leading UK business school with a campus at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has launched a new Middle Eastern scholarship fund designed to nurture the region's future business leaders.

The new scholarship aims to build the leadership, management, finance and entrepreneurial skills in the region by funding the studies of talented, locally-based students through the Cass Executive MBA (EMBA) offered at DIFC.

Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director for Middle-East and North Africa region at Cass Business School said: "As a leading provider of business education, an experience at Cass can shape the future of a student and the scholarship fund will help talented individuals, who are already contributing in the region's business sector to further their education and fast-track their careers.

"The fund is in line with Sir John Cass' philanthropic vision to support ambitious students who may be without financial means, and the scholarship will be funded by individuals and companies in the GCC region. Cass is encouraging local business leaders to come together to support the opportunity to help nurture rising local business stars, "Razavizadeh added.

The school started its prestigious EMBA programme in collaboration DIFC in 2007, and currently more than 120 professionals from the region study in the programme. The Cass Dubai EMBA programme is ranked second in the UK and fifth in Europe by the Financial Times, and the programme is specifically designed for ambitious regional professionals who want to accelerate their career while remaining in full time employment.

Roy Batchelor, Professor of Banking and Finance at Cass Business School, and Director of the Cass Executive MBA programme in Dubai said: "The Middle East scholarship fund is yet another example of the strength of commitment from Cass Business School to this region. The UAE especially is an important commercial and financial hub and as this region continues to secure its position as a major player on the international business stage it needs to ensure it has the right people to drive this growth.

"The region is home to a young, rapidly growing and talented workforce and we hope that this new scholarship fund, in addition to the other scholarships that Cass and the DIFC already offer, will continue to support the impressive business talent pool that there is in this region."

In addition to the new Middle East scholarship fund, Cass Business School also has two other forms of scholarships or funding support available to EMBA students.

As the only course of its kind currently offering a specialisation in Islamic Finance, scholarships for the Cass Executive MBA in Islamic Finance are available courtesy of DIFC. The DIFC Scholarship aims to promote the future of Islamic Finance in this region and gives two full sets of fees for the EMBA programme, which are divided into partial funding for between 6-8 students.

The scholarships are made available for students with a background in Islamic finance, and those who receive the support are expected to make a future contribution to the Islamic finance industry.

Rehan Pathan, Cass Business School EMBA alumnus said: "Scholarships play an important part in bridging the gap financially for many students who may not otherwise have the capacity to make this investment in their study. I received a partial scholarship from the DIFC to study the Islamic Finance elective of the Cass EMBA and it took away some of the financial pressure and allowed me to better focus on my studies."

Cass Business School also support their EMBA students in Dubai with the Cass Studentship, which provides partial funding for around 15 students per year. In exchange for a studentship, chosen students assist as ambassadors for the school.

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Cass Business School is one of City, University of London’s five Schools. It’s among Europe’s leading business schools and in the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation.


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