Cass Business School and The Coca-Cola Foundation announce AED 2.3 million new initiative to support women leaders

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Marianne Lewis

Cass Business School and The Coca-Cola Foundation are delighted to announce the Global Women’s Leadership Programme – an innovative initiative designed to attract and nurture rising women leaders.

Funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the AED 2.3 million (£500,000) partnership will support four women MBA scholars with exceptional potential to lead global women’s leadership development efforts.  Scholarship recipients will be drawn from each of Cass Business School’s four MBA programmes, including the Executive MBA in Dubai.

Serving as leaders within their respective programs, the Scholars will develop and practice their leadership skills by coordinating leadership development events. Such events will include Rising Women Leaders Development Workshops for MBA students and Women’s Executive Leadership Forums for alumni and corporate partners.  The events programme will span across London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Beijing and New York.

Professor Marianne Lewis, Dean, Cass Business School said:

“We are delighted to work with Coca-Cola on this important initiative.  Despite concerted efforts around the world, women remain a still too small, albeit vital minority among business leaders.  At Cass, we are determined to alter this trend – we already support women leaders through faculty leadership and via our internal Cass Academic Women programme. This partnership will allow us to continue to develop the women leaders of the future.”  

Helen Smith Price, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation said:

“We believe one of the best ways to strengthen communities is through education.  We’re honoured to work with Cass on this scholarship programme to reach some of the brightest and most ambitious female students and provide them the skills and training they need to be successful.”

The programme will be funded for three years. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on exceptional academic and professional achievements and their commitment to global women’s leadership development.

Earlier this year, Cass Business School welcomed its tenth intake for its Executive MBA Programme based in DIFC’s Centre of Excellence. Women comprise nearly 30% of the new class of over 40 students, one of the highest levels of female participation for tier-one business schools in the region. Meanwhile in London, the home of Cass Business School, this year’s EMBA class consists of over 50% female candidates, reflecting the gender diversity throughout the School.

Cass Business School ranks among a group of only 1% of all business schools worldwide with triple accreditation from AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The flexible EMBA programme is delivered on weekends to allow working professionals to take the course, and a range of compulsory and elective modules are taught by world-class professors from London and around the world.

The Dubai Centre was established in 2007 in collaboration with Dubai International Financial Centre, as a regional centre of educational excellence for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  The Centre operates as a not-for-profit venture. It offers the internationally acclaimed Cass Executive MBA (EMBA), tailor-made executive education, business services including consulting and high profile networking events and MSc programmes in Aviation.  The EMBA offers MENA-based executives and professionals the opportunity to combine demanding work schedules with study near their home and work environments. The programme also attracts students from as far afield as Singapore, the USA and Azerbaijan.  It was the world’s first EMBA programme to offer specialist Islamic finance and energy modules and students can choose to specialise in entrepreneurship, finance or general management.  The quality of education is guaranteed with London-based faculty flying in to provide the programme.

Cass Business School, which is part of City, University of London, is a leading global business school driven by world-class knowledge, innovative education and a vibrant community. Located in the heart of one of the world’s leading financial centres, Cass has strong links to both the City of London and the thriving entrepreneurial hub of Tech City. It is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The faculty at Cass are experts in their fields, producing cutting-edge research with real-world impact. The recent Research Excellence Framework results assessed 84% of Cass research to be world leading or internationally excellent. Cass educates nearly 4,000 students each year on globally renowned programs across all levels of study from undergraduate, to masters, to Executive Education.  On graduating, students join a 38,000 strong alumni community across more than 160 countries.  Cass Business School blends academic excellence, extraordinary experiences and career progression to foster life-long learning.

City, University of London is a global institution committed to academic excellence, with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location. It is the top higher education institution in London for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide), is ranked 18th overall in the United Kingdom (Guardian University Guide) and is among the top five per cent of universities in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings). City has around 19,500 students (46% at postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.  More than 130,000 former students from over 180 countries are members of the City Alumni Network. City’s academic range is broadly-based with world-leading strengths in business; law; health sciences; mathematics; computer science; engineering; social sciences; and the arts including journalism and music.The University’s history dates from 1894, with the foundation of the Northampton Institute on what is now the main part of City’s campus.  In 1966, City was granted University status by Royal Charter and the Lord Mayor of London became its Chancellor.  In September 2016, City joined the University of London federation and HRH the Princess Royal became City’s Chancellor.  Professor Sir Paul Curran has been Vice-Chancellor and President of City since 2010.