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Contributing to expanding the place of women in business

03 December 2015

The Business School and UN Women NC Australia have once again partnered to offer a $60,000 MBA Scholarship in a united effort to promote women in leadership at the most senior levels of the nation's public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

The scholarship will support an eligible female applicant in joining the Business School’s innovative and industry-oriented Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, alongside a diverse cohort of Australia’s emerging leaders.

Women average between 30 - 35 percent of MBA participants in Australia and worldwide, the unique partnership between the Business School and UN Women NC Australia, launched in 2014, aims to address this gap, further women’s education and promote gender equality in leadership.

"Access to education is crucial to gender equality and the University of Sydney Business School has an opportunity to influence the gender equality agenda,” said Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women, Julie McKay.

“The Australian National Committee for UN Women is proud to partner with the Business School, and we are excited to be offering this scholarship for the fourth consecutive semester. Together, we are expanding leadership opportunities for women, including increased access to higher education."

A significant milestone was achieved in July this year when the Business School attracted more women than men in the semester 2 commencing cohort – a first for business schools in Australia and for many around the world.

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Dr Kim Johnstone (above), NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Principal Demographer, was awarded the scholarship in July 2015. She has worked extensively with women’s support services across Australia and is currently Vice-President of the Family Planning Association of NSW and the Australian Population Association.

“The UN Women Scholarship provides me with a platform for advocacy about gender equity and women's issues - not just for women's leadership, but for women's rights generally,” Dr Johnstone said.

“I am developing the tools to apply my experience across a range of sectors in Australia and the Pacific,” she continued.

“My ambition is one where ‘being a woman’ does not make it less likely to be a CEO, and where equity of gender, disability and ethnicity is a norm across workplaces, the home and society. I want to see gender equity in Australia and for our neighbours in the Pacific, and I want to be part of making that future possible.”

Previous recipients also include Nancy Nguyen, a Perth based Business Advisor for Woodside Energy, and Anmoljot (Anmol) Kaur Saini, Senior Manager, Corporate Recovery, Ferrier Hodgson.

Applications for the scholarship for Semester 1, 2016 close 17 January 2016. Find out more and apply for the scholarship. See more at: