BBC Worldwide announces online scholarship for UK B-school

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide has launched BBC Learning in India. The commercial consumer arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced two online MBA scholarships from a world-ranked business school in London, to mark launch.


The scholarship students will begin their study in late 2004 through UKe Universities Worldwide (UKeU). The UK government-backed company was set up to provide online degrees from UK universities.

According to a company release, around 100 students from India, who have applied for the scholarships, will be chosen at random. The chosen few will be asked to submit an essay of 1000 words on the benefits of gaining an MBA qualification and the impact of business education in Indian industry and commerce.

In addition, the students must meet the qualification criteria for the course and successfully apply to the programme directly, informs the release. The company will pay all course fees for the MBA scholarships. The applicants need to be either Indian nationals or resident in India for the preceding twelve months.

According to the BBC Worldwide's Managing Director of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Mark Young, "This is part of our commitment to bringing the best in e-learning from the UK to India. By offering students in India the opportunity to study with a leading UK institution, we encourage learners to look to e-learning as a convenient method of gaining a world renowned degree."

Says UKeU CEO John Beaumont, "UKeU and BBC Worldwide share the objective of bringing high quality online education to learners worldwide. Through UKeU's purpose-built online Learning Environment, the EMBA scholarship students will obtain a globally recognised qualification from a world-ranked London-based business school without leaving home, giving up their jobs or having to bear the cost and difficulty of moving to the UK."

UKeU and BBC Worldwide has signed a major agreement to promote the best of online learning from British Universities throughout India and the rest of the world, in 2003. In addition to degree level courses such as MBAs and MScs, also offers a wide selection of GCSE and A-Level courses from the National Extension College in Britain, says the release.

Other organisations associated with BBC Learning include UCLA, UMass, eCornell, Open University and the NEC. Interested candidates can apply through

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