Daw Phyu Hninn Nyein’s scholarship is one of four that have just been awarded to women from various countries for the Oxford Diplomas, according to a press release by the school on February 12.
The scholarship winners have all demonstrated excellence and strong leadership qualities in their chosen careers, according to the school.
Daw Phyu Hninn Nyein is the “Knowledge Manager” at Proximity Designs, a social enterprise working with smallholder farm families in rural Myanmar. She has been awarded the scholarship for the Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation.
“I am hoping to learn from the rich experiences of the faculty and my fellow classmates and apply this knowledge to my work bringing impactful products and services to rural farmers in Myanmar,” she said. “The global epidemic of gender in-equality in leadership positions is felt acutely in Southeast Asia so I am hoping to use the skills I learn at Oxford to inspire other women to lead the way in addressing the challenges facing my country.”
The other winners are Ms Vardah Malik, a development finance consultant for the World Bank in Pakistan, Ms Gvantsa Murghvliani, a Lean Transformation Manager and Merger Project Coordinator at TBC Bank in Georgia, and Ms Cristina Mosneaga, a programme manager for the EU Delegation to the Republic of Congo.
“The Oxford Diplomas provide an opportunity for women to accelerate their careers to the most senior levels,” said Ms Kathy Harvey, director of Oxford Executive Degree Programmes. “The Diploma scholarships for women aim to raise awareness of the benefits of business education for aspiring women leaders, while also encouraging and assisting women to achieve boardroom performance.”
She said the scholarship winners all showed a passion for their chosen careers and determination to succeed as business leaders, acting as “brilliant role models.”
The Oxford Diplomas are taught in four modules, each of four days allowing participants to continue to work while studying.