Scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities

Scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities

Last week, on June 9th in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Cotrugli Business School (CBS), together with the European Universities Games 2016 (EUG), European University Sports Association (EUSA) and European Paralympic Committee (EPC) signed a partnership agreement, with which they launched an Online MBA scholarship project for students with disabilities in Europe.

From June 15th, European candidates with Undergraduate or Masters degree and being fluent in English, have the opportunity to apply for one of 20 full scholarships for Online MBA program which is provided by Cotrugli, one of the leading business schools in the SEE region. Deadline for applications is December 20, 2015.

Swimming, one of the sports where students with disabilities can take part in the European Universities Games

Partner organisations CBS, EUG, EUSA and EPC will encourage and motivate individuals, especially students with impairments and disabilities who are to participate and follow the European Universities Games 2016 and related events to apply and to continue their lifelong education.

The signing ceremony took place in the premises of the European University Sports Association in Ljubljana. Partnership representatives gathered for the official signing and shared their vision of this cooperation.

Partners signing the cooperation agreement

Lynne Montgomery, Vice-President of Cotrugli Business School – “It is a very meaningful project for us in Cotrugli. We need a full integration of people with disabilities to society and we thank all our partners for amazing support we are getting. We know that this in not just an education for people with disabilities. This is commitment also to mentoring and to working with companies, to potentially in the future finding employment for them. We are very excited for the Games 2016 and to find a students through this channels. I have a good feeling this is going to be a great success and we are promising our full support in consulting for the mutual interest.”

Mihovil Španja – former Paralympic swimmer and Cotrugli Business School Business Department Officer – “As a former professional athlete, Paralympic swimmer and member of Cotrugli, I am proud to be an ambassador of European Universities Games and to promote Online MBA programme for students with disabilities. I believe we are sending a strong message. Besides scholarships, we are also trying to help them to get an exceptional education and to build their business careers. We want them to become a relevant part of our society as a whole. As you know this is the first time in the EUG history that students with disabilities will participate at the Games. I feel truly emotional for this project and let me say that I will help every of our potential students on his way to go through the programme and to prove that students with disabilities are more than able to do it.”

Matjaž Pečovnik, Secretary General of European University Sports Association – “We are very happy to have received an offer from Zagreb and Rijeka to organize the European Universities Games 2016. One year ago, we signed a cooperation agreement with European Paralympic Committee. This was the perfect moment to join all the forces between EUSA, EUG and EPC. We decided with EUG Organisation committee to have two sports for students with disabilities in the programme - swimming and table tennis. Today we are very happy for this occasion to have partnership with Cotrugli Business School. This is the first time we can assist students with disabilities towards receiving scholarships. EUSA fully supports the initiative and will stimulate students who participate in our events to do so as well.”

Ratko Kovačić, Vice-President of European Paralympic Committee – “I am optimist and I think we will have 200 students with disabilities in two sports at the next European Universities Games. Our intention is to actively work on the issue of education access for athletes with disabilities. Cotrugli Business School scholarships will be a wonderful opportunity for them to study and to have a high education. We will use all of our communication channels to promote this programme and we will have a celebration after the first athletes with disabilities finish CBS Online MBA programme.”

Marko Žunić, Secretary General of European Universities Games 2016 – “This project is a win-win-win-win situation for all parties; for EUSA, EUG, EPC and CBS. We share the same vision and we are all developing inclusive and social awareness project. Next year we have the largest sport event in Europe, European Universities Game in Zagreb and Rijeka. We are going to put some benchmark for the next organizers and make all university sports proud. I need to emphasize that we have the same programme at the Games for students with and without disabilities. I believe this is the biggest message we are sending through all of our channels and on the personal level.”

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