City of Amsterdam Scholarship helps asylum seekers

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The new scholarship enables African asylum seekers to continue their studies in the Netherlands.

18 September 2008

AMSTERDAM -- On Tuesday Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen presented the first City of Amsterdam Scholarships to asylum seekers from Burundi and Ethiopia. These scholarships, each worth EUR 25,000, enable the recipients to study for the Amsterdam Business School MBA. The degree is directed towards prospective managers with some work experience.

Scholarship Recipients
Jeanne, 30, was born in Burundi in central Africa. She came to the Netherlands due to civil war in her country. In Burundi, she followed a bachelor's programme in Business Administration and worked as a customer service manager at a bank. In the Netherlands she attended a conversion year programme at the Hogeschool Leeuwaarden.

Mesfin, 30, is from Ethiopia where he studied international relations and management studies before leaving his country for political reasons.

The City of Amsterdam Scholarship
This new scholarship is awarded annually to candidates who would not be able to attend the programme without financial support. The candidates’ abilities and ambition were also assessed, as was the potential impact of the degree on the candidates’ career.

With the scholarship, the Amsterdam Business School contributes to the interaction between academics, the business community, society, and in particular, the city of Amsterdam.

The foundation UAF is a co-sponsor and made the initial selection of suitable candidates for the City of Amsterdam Scholarship.

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