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Business School and UN Women NC Australia celebrate partnership and a commitment to advancing women's leadership opportunities

02 Jul 2014

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Left to right: Professor Gregory Whitwell, Dean of the Business School; Nancy Nguyen, UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship recipient; Belinda Hutchinson AM, Chancellor of the University of Sydney; Julie McKay, Executive Director, Australian National Committee for UN Women

On July 1st a luncheon event attended by University of Sydney Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson AM, was held to congratulate the recipient of the first MBA scholarship awarded by the Business School and UN Women National Committee Australia and to celebrate their partnership.

The partnership reflects the Business School's long term strategy to provide talented women with an opportunity to develop 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 Gregory Whitwell, Dean of the University of Sydney Business School who formally presented the scholarship award said that, "our MBA scholarships are emblematic of our school's commitment to supporting women of outstanding capability to assume leadership roles in all areas of business and professional life".

After the scholarship was made available, applications flowed in from across the nation, and following a finely tuned process, Nancy Nguyen, a Perth based Business Advisor for Woodside Energy, was selected as the recipient. Nancy believes the program will leave her "invigorated and ready to further empower others on issues of gender diversity in the oil and gas industry".

Executive Director of UN Women NC Australia, Julie McKay said, "I am delighted to congratulate our inaugural MBA scholarship recipient, Nancy Nguyen, and to celebrate our partnership with the University of Sydney Business School. Together, we will expand leadership opportunities for women, including increased access to higher education."

Guests at the event included representatives from industry, government, and media, committed to the strategic goal of women in leadership, and they were encouraged to return to their organisations and proactively source eligible candidates for promotional and educational opportunities.

Joining the celebrations was Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women. Senator Cash said, "this scholarship is a unique opportunity for women who have proven leadership abilities to drive their careers and leadership aspirations to a new height." She also agrees that Nancy is an ideal choice. "Nancy is a model of resilience and throughout her life has met challenges head-on. I congratulate this fantastic woman on her strength and commitment to empowering other women in the Perth based resource sector."

The UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship is open to all women from Australia and overseas.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply for the MBA, visit the MBA applications page.

View details on how to apply for the UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship.