Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard, Victor Padee and Alexandra Cook, Group Head of Development at Williams Group
A BUSINESS manager has scooped a scholarship worth £16,750 at the annual Manchester Executive MBA challenge.
Victor Padee, 30, competed against 16 other professionals to be crowned winner of the fourth Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) tournament, sponsored by Williams BMW.
It now means Victor will study the MBA at the University after winning the four-month challenge.
He currently works as a corporate business development manager for Global Payments and hopes the degree, which takes place at MMU’s award-winning business school, will open new doors in his career.
Manchester-based Victor said: “It’s a great honour to win the scholarship, especially as the calibre of people in the competition was so high. It was an extremely tough competition. It took you out of your comfort zone and challenged you but that’s what the MBA is all about.
“I can’t wait to start the course at MMU and it is exactly what I was looking for. All the staff have been a great help and the new Business School is fantastic.”
The Executive MBA at MMU is accredited by the Association of MBAs and teaching takes place in three-day study blocks.
Entrants competed in a series of challenges over the summer to test their skills and leadership qualities. Two runners-up were awarded scholarships of £4,000 to Jackie Bell and Lucy Foster, and a £2,000 scholarship for all other finalists.
Daniel Sheratte, MBA and Masters Development Manager at MMU, said: “Our 25 years’ experience of running MBA programmes is excellent testament to the quality, resilience and flexibility we embed in the programme, retaining relevance in an ever-changing commercial world.
“We are proud of our connections with industry and it is this robust relationship which plays a significant role in ensuring the academic rigour of our flagship executive MBA programme has legitimate practical application in the workplace.”
Alexandra Cook, Group Head of Development at Williams Group, the leading retailer of BMW, MINI, Land Rover and BMW Bikes in the North West, added: “As a family-owned business that prides itself on the development of its staff via bespoke training schemes including those for middle and senior management, we are proud to continue our support of the Manchester Executive MBA Challenge and offer our congratulations to the winners.
“If the North West is to maintain and enhance its reputation for producing the brightest and best business executives from academia and industry and most importantly retaining that talent, initiatives such as the challenge need to be championed by the region’s corporate community.”