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New MBA scholarship to strengthen Melbourne's Greek connection

The new Hellenic Scholarship will give students living in Greece or Cyprus the opportunity to study in Australia

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Alex Christou and Bill Papastergiadis.

15 March 2017

Melbourne Business School, home to Australia's first MBA program, has launched a new Hellenic Scholarship to support students living in Greece or Cyprus to study in Australia.

Melbourne Business School's Director of Corporate Relations and Partnerships, Alex Christou, said the new Hellenic Scholarship would provide financial assistance to candidates who meet the requirements of entry into the School's full-time MBA program.

"Melbourne is home to the world's largest Greek-speaking community outside of Europe, who contribute greatly to our city's economy, culture, and community.
"The Melbourne Business School Hellenic Scholarship will further strengthen these ties between Melbourne and Greece, by providing opportunities for Greek MBA candidates to study in one of the world's top 10 MBA programs," Mr Christou explained.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Business School's full-time MBA program was ranked ninth in the Bloomberg Businessweek Best International Business Schools 2016 ranking.

The scholarship was created in a collaboration between Melbourne Business School, the Greek Community of Melbourne, and the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI).

"Together with the Greek business community this scholarship will help talented individuals acquire the skills to make them highly desirable in any workplace around the world.
"As a non-profit provider of business education, our donors are essential to achieving our mission of enabling individuals and organisations to be global leaders through the creation, application, and dissemination of business and economics knowledge," Mr Christou added.

Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, stressed the importance of supporting "those most talented in Greece" with the opportunity to realise their full potential by completing a reputable and world-class MBA program such as that being offered by Melbourne Business School.

"We will work with the community to provide the worthy recipients of the scholarship accommodation and support for the duration of the program whilst in Melbourne," he said.

Chair of the Board for HACCI, Georgegina Poulos, agreed that this opportunity has come at a critical point where many of the most gifted individuals in Greece have very few employment prospects and that the MBA program will build on their previous studies and work experience whilst opening up new employment opportunities.

Funding for the scholarship was provided by anonymous donors to the School, and Alex Christou thanked the donors for their support.

For further details, visit www.mbs.edu/hellenicscholarship

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