The partnership, which was announced at an International Women’s Day event in Sydney, is designed to promote gender equality at the most senior levels of the nation’s public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
UN Women Australia’s Executive Director Julie McKay said the organisation’s key priority was economic empowerment through access to decent work and the promotion of women to leadership roles.
“Access to education is crucial to gender equality and the University of Sydney Business School has an opportunity to influence the gender equality agenda,” Ms McKay said.
She said she hoped the MBA scholarship would attract the interest of women from across the country and described her own participation in the School’s Global Executive MBA program as “one of the best things that I have ever done”.
“We are looking for someone who really has leadership potential, who has shown an interest in promoting women’s rights and gender equality and who will work with us in years to come to promote women’s leadership,” she said.
The scholarship is open to all women (from Australia and overseas) who have been admitted to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the Business School. The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the MBA for a maximum of four years’ part-time study.
Applicants are required to submit a statement demonstrating leadership experience and potential in her chosen field; a commitment to enhancing women’s leadership; an interest in international relations, gender and development; and a passion for using your business skills to drive social change.
Scholarship applications close at 5pm on Friday 2 May 2014 for those applying for entry in June 2014.
Chancellor of the University of Sydney Belinda Hutchinson said the MBA scholarship was a tangible way of empowering women through the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.
Co-Dean of the Business School Professor David Grant, said he was “delighted” to be partnering with the National Committee of UN Women Australia.
“This partnership reflects the School’s long-term strategy to provide talented women with an opportunity to develop the skills that current and future generations of business leaders will need if they are to meet the challenges facing Australian industry and the wider community,” Professor Grant said.
For more information about the scholarship visit: http://mba.sydney.edu.au/mba/scholarships