October 20, 2018

EBS officially launches the Edinburgh Business School Scholarship programme with Graça Machel

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On Wednesday 15th September, Edinburgh Business School, the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University, hosted an historic event at The Westcliff in Johannesburg to celebrate 20 years of delivering MBA education in South Africa and officially launched the Edinburgh Business School African Scholarship programme. Guests included Edinburgh Business School students and alumni from across Africa, the media, and African educationalists.

Mrs Graça Machel addresses the assembly
at the launch event for the South Africa
MBA Scholarship programme.
Graduates of the EBS MBA programme
Mr David Noko (left) and Ms Arlene
Walsh (right) pictured with Professor
Keith Lumsden, Ruth Reid Lumsden
and Mrs Graça Machel.
EBS Scholarship students pictured
with Mrs Graça Machel
Professor Keith Lumsden pictured
with Mrs Graça Machel.

The guest of honour and keynote speaker was Mrs Graça Machel, who commended the Edinburgh Business School programme by saying:

I would like to thank Edinburgh Business School for its support for women’s education and leadership in Africa … By providing access to distance learning MBAs, Edinburgh Business School is contributing to the development of entrepreneurialism at local level, something which is vital to the economic health of our continent

Mrs Machel’s Mentoring Programme will mentor several of the Edinburgh Business School scholars. Four scholars who are already on the programme – ; Martha Sambani from Malawi, Samukeliso Khumalo from Zimbabwe, Clara Dos Santos from Mozambique and Chipo Shonhiwa also from Zimbabwe all attended the event and spent some time talking with Mrs Machel.

David Noko and Arlene Walsh, two of Edinburgh Business School’s prominent MBA graduates spoke and credited the MBA programme for the success in their careers to date. David Noko, former CEO of De Beers Consolidated Mines, said how he went from being “an ordinary engineer” to an executive at De Beers due to the knowledge he attained from his MBA studies.

Professor Keith Lumsden, the creator and founder of Edinburgh Business School and its MBA programme talked about his desire to “establish an initiative to promote life-long learning across the African continent” and by doing so, “assist 250 scholars over the next 5 years to make a difference – not only to their own lives but to the wider communities around them”.

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