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PRESS RELEASE

March 30, 2010

Sustainability scholarship grants available for students from developing countries

Two scholarship grants of $2,500 USD are now available for applicants accepted to the Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) programme at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH). The funding is available for students from developing countries (specifically those listed as “Low” or “Medium” on the UN Human Development Index) for the 2010-2011 academic year. Both grants are a result of past fundraising campaigns lead by StratLeade Sustainability Education and the MSLS programme team.

“These scholarships make the MSLS programme accessible to students who may otherwise be unable to attend” said Tamara Connell, programme director of MSLS. “Sustainability is a global challenge, and one of our goals is to make this education available to students worldwide.”

An MSLS Alumni Scholarship Committee has been appointed to select the recipients of the scholarships and the successful applicants will be notified in June.

How the scholarship recipients will be chosen

The MSLS Alumni Scholarship Committee has developed the following selection criteria to be eligible for the scholarships. The applicant must:

  • be accepted to the MSLS programme through the normal application process;
  • originate from and reside in a country listed in the Human Development Index (HDI) as “Low” or “Medium” Human Development as defined by the United Nations;  
  • respond to a short questionnaire;
  • agree to remain an active participant in the MSLS alumni network and promote strategic sustainable development in their personal and/or professional lives.
  • write a 3-5 page progress report mid-way through the programme describing their experience to date;
  • write a 500-1,000 word article for publication about their experience in the programme upon completion; and

About us

StratLeade Sustainability Education, Inc.

StratLeade Sustainability Education, Inc. (“StratLeade”) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States dedicated to supporting public education for Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD). 

Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS)

Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is home to a unique international masters program in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. The program is focused on the premise that a whole-systems approach is needed to deal with the sustainability challenge of “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

The MSLS program has two main foci – the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) and Organizational Learning and Leadership (OLL). Students combine this knowledge to produce a group thesis exploring a topic related to sustainability.

Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH)

BTH is one of Sweden’s most distinctly profiled universities and has a specific focus on applied IT and sustainable development for industry and society. The School of Engineering is a world leader in integrating sustainability into its program and has fostered an international network of trans-disciplinary and trans-sector research based on Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD). Innovative advancements have been made in creating Methodologies for Sustainable Product Development (MSPD) and engineering innovation.

For more information on MSLS and BTH please visit www.bth.se/msls.

 

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