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David Anstice MBA Scholarship awarded to heart research scientist

30 Apr 2013

University of Sydney Business School MBA student, Dr Romaric Bouveret, is the inaugural recipient of the Anstice MBA Scholarship for Community Leadership.

The scholarship, donated by Business School alumnus David Anstice, is aimed at providing support for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector here and internationally.

Romaric Bouveret, who holds a PhD in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is currently working as a Senior Scientist at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney.

"The institute is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to relieve pain and suffering and promote well-being, through an understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of cardiovascular biology in health and disease," Dr Bouveret said. "Over the past seven years I have attempted to better understand normal heart development as well as heart malformation."

"The David Anstice Scholarship will allow me to complete my studies and support my family, while continuing my work at the Institute," Dr Bouveret said.

"I am extremely pleased to see the Scholarship for Community Leadership go to such a deserving recipient," said scholarship founder, David Anstice. "I am particularly delighted to see the scholarship awarded to someone working in cardiac research."

"Romaric's approach to developing knowledge in a way that benefits the entire community is a perfect example of the drive and passion for leadership that this scholarship is designed to encourage," he added.

Mr Anstice, a former Senior Executive with the pharmaceutical firm Merck, has maintained a long term interest in the University of Sydney Business School and has supported a number of initiatives designed to encourage innovation.

The David Anstice Scholarship is aimed at students who has been accepted into the Business School's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and can demonstrate that they have one or more specific qualifications.

These relate to leadership qualities; work and life experience; an ability to work within a team and to network and an ability to develop sustainable initiatives.