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Record numbers sign up for business

More people than ever are signing up for business courses in York. York St John University Business School is reporting a record intake of students this year, which – according to Business School Dean, Jackie Mathers – proves Yorkshire means business when it comes to emerging ready for success from the downturn.

She said: “At postgraduate level we’re experiencing record intake numbers for our Masters in Leadership & Management and an excellent uptake of our Masters in Leading, Innovation & Change. 

“I believe the record enrolments are testament to the spirit of the region’s business leaders, who see the importance of equipping themselves with the right skills to position their businesses for the upturn when it comes.”

Of the 828 students registered in the Business School this year, more than a quarter are overseas students – making a positive contribution towards the international life of the University. 

The University has also awarded three international scholarships to Business School students this year.  Khawla Mohammed Badwan joins the Business School after completing her degree and Teaching Diploma at the Islamic University of Gaza. Eannes G Ongus, a graduate from United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi, starts the Masters in Leadership and Management; and undergraduate student Valentine Nkoyo, who is currently studying at Kabarak University in Kenya, will enter year two of the Business Management degree. The three students are also working with the University Development Office to help raise funds for future scholars.

Jackie Mathers said: “We’re incredibly proud of the international links we’ve developed through the Business School, and our ability to support overseas students alongside the region’s business leaders.  Feedback suggests that bringing different cultures together in this way enhances the learning experience for everyone involved.

“Our Masters in Leading, Innovation and Change is proving particularly popular this year because it gives people access to the latest thinking and ideas alongside opportunities to network with other leaders and senior managers; the support to develop their own leadership skills; and mentoring within a confidential and productive environment.

“Above all, it brings expertise from business leaders, public sector policy makers, academic leaders and practitioners together with international insights that equip people with knowledge and practical skills that can be readily applied to make a difference in their business.”

For further information please contact Karen Nixon on T: 01904 610077 or Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk