GEMBA Scholarship for Executives in the Gulf Region


About Vlerick

Vlerick Business School is a triple-accredited, international business school in the heart of Europe – we are ranked Number 1 in the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg), and 19 in Europe, for Executive Education.

We have specific expertise in Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Healthcare, Energy and Financial Services. In addition to our close ties with KU Leuven and Ghent University – and our strategic alliances with Peking University and the University of Stellenbosch Business School – we’re continually building our network of corporate partners around the world.

What is the GEMBA?

The Vlerick Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) draws talented business practitioners – in positions of influence and strategic impact – from all over the world.

At Vlerick Business School, we want to empower a new generation of senior leaders who are ready to make an impact on business – and society. Specifically for the Gulf region, with its outstanding potential for growth, our aim is to help those leaders develop a more nuanced worldview – and gain deeper insight into the technological and socio-economic shifts that are reshaping how we do business.

What is the GEMBA Scholarship for Executives in the Gulf Region?

The GEMBA Scholarship for Executives in the Gulf Region is meant for change-makers, who are playing a vital role in shaping their organisational culture, specifically in the Gulf region.

Exceptionally this year, we are offering a scholarship of €25,000 to an outstanding potential leader who wants to become a forward thinker and who has the awareness, skills and competitive edge to understand and navigate global change.

The scholarship is to be applied to the tuition fee of the April 2020 edition of the Global Executive MBA Programme (which costs €55,000 excluding travel, visa and accommodation costs).

The Scholarship will be awarded to a nominated, or self-nominated, candidate based on merit and an interview with the Admissions Panel.

(By participating you agree with the Terms and conditions stipulated in our Scholarship Rules)

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the Scholarship, the candidate must:

  • Have the academic background to enrol for the GEMBA programme (academic or professional degree from an accredited institution)
  • Have a minimum of 10 years of working experience, at least 4 years of which in a managerial position
  • Perform a strategic role within his/her organization
  • Be employed in a company based in the Gulf GCC region (UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, or Saudi Arabia)

How can the candidate apply?

To apply for the Scholarship, the candidate must:

  1. Meet the eligibility criteria
  2. Be nominated, or nominate him/herself, for the scholarship in the nomination section of this page
  3. Complete the application form for the Global Executive MBA Programme
  4. Pass the Vlerick Business Admissions Test (VBAT)

What are the deadlines?

Nominations for the Scholarship: Open as of 1 January 2020
Deadline for nominations: 15 July 2020 at 11:59 pm
Announcement of winner: 10 August 2020
GEMBA start date: 20 September 2020

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