A student from Jamaica has beaten off the challenge of 40 other hopefuls to win a coveted, full £20k scholarship to study at Swansea University.
The scholarship for the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) was introduced to reward an individual that showed the biggest potential in becoming a progressive and innovative, future leader.
While all the applicants were exceptional, Sashauna Perkins, of St Andrew, Jamaica, stood out with her unique, creative application which clearly outlined how she would use her MBA to benefit the community in which she grew up.
Sashauna hopes to become a chief executive officer in the communications sector and is certain the MBA will support her in reaching her goals.
Sashauna said: “I am so proud to have received the full scholarship to study the MBA at Swansea University. The University really stood out to me as an institution dedicated to developing sustainable and people-centric leaders; there was a clear focus on the human-value of a business, as well as its share-holder value.”
“Prior to applying, I had worked hard in supporting businesses in the international business department at Digicel Group. I managed messaging, adapting it to the digital world and encouraging digital transformation to ensure business longevity. I hope to expand on this after my studies and intend to join senior management immediately after graduation, where I will contribute to industry reform and experience further growth.”
MBA Programme Director Dr Paul Davies said: “Sashauna shows great promise as a business leader and has already demonstrated her drive and passion for sustainable, business success. This will put her in good stead as she seeks to further develop her Higgler Hiatus (H2) project, which aims to guide small businesses in their transition to adapting to relevant digital trends.
“Starting the MBA during a global pandemic is no mean feat and doing so virtually, more than 4,000 miles away has meant that essential changes have had to be made to the programme delivery. However, students have really embraced this way of learning and having the opportunity to engage with individuals from different parts of the world, with their own individual business experiences and ambitions, has made it a thriving and exciting learning experience.
“I am positive that Sashauna will put her new knowledge and skills to good use when she achieves her qualification and I look forward to hearing about her successes in the future.”
Designed for those with at least three years’ managerial or business experience, the MBA at the University’s School of Management can be completed within one year (full-time) or across two years (part-time). Its flexibility means that individuals can study alongside existing work and family commitments.
The MBA’s programme philosophy is to address the gap between practice and theory. It challenges students to be critical thinkers, reflecting on theory, and management practice to identify where change can be made to the global business landscape.