MasterCard and U21Global this week confirmed the
recipients of the MasterCard-U21Global scholarship program for
women in travel and tourism.
Twenty women from Asia Pacific,
Middle East and Africa have been offered full scholarships to
pursue the Postgraduate Diploma of Business Administration from
U21Global, an online Graduate School.
India topped the list of recipients, with four
women being awarded the scholarship, followed by Australia, the
Philippines and Singapore, which had three recipients each.
MasterCard Worldwide-U21Global Scholarship Program for Women in
Travel and Tourism aims to empower working women professionals
in the travel and tourism industry to stay ahead of industry
trends and realize their full potential. Now in its fourth year,
the program continued to attract strong interest from women across
the region, especially from India and the Philippines, which
had the highest number of applications.
recipients of the scholarship this year come from a diverse range
of markets, including India, the Philippines, Korea, Australia,
Singapore, the UAE, Hong Kong, China and Nepal. The recipients
are from a variety of organizations, ranging from national
tourism councils to hotels, airlines and travel agencies. Majority
of them are insenior- to mid-level positions.
Learning & Development Manager at Taj Group of Hotels, India,
said, “The course
will provide me with a foundation for continued personal growth and career advancement whilst being able to maintain a work
life balance since it is an e-learning on line programme. I
believe that it will provide me with a leading edge to work
effectively in diverse teams and situations and further
energize me to look for opportunities of improvements in the
organization I work for. I am eagerly looking forward to this self
development which in turn will be instrumental in achieving the
objectives and goals of my company at large.”
The course was developed by
U21Global in conjunction with the Christel DeHaan Tourism and
Travel Research Institute, a part of Nottingham University
Business School. Students completing the Diploma can qualify
for the University of Nottingham Master of Science in Tourism
and Travel Management. The first batch of scholars of the program,
from the Philippines, Singapore and India, completed the program
in the first half of 2009.
Tan, vice president, Communications, Asia Pacific, Middle East and
Africa, MasterCard Worldwide, said, “The
MasterCard-U21 Global Scholarship is part of MasterCard’s broader
commitment to women’s advancement and we are delighted to see
that the scholarship continues to be well received among female
professionals in the travel and tourism industry. We believe
that the interaction among the professionals from different
regions during the course of the program will pave the way for
a network of female professionals in the travel and tourism
industry who can learn from each other and grow. With economies
around the world just beginning to come out of difficult times,
we hope that the program enables these professionals to better
cater to the changed demands of the industry.”
This year’s scholarship
recipients will begin their first class in October.
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