Ornua, Ireland’s leading dairy exporter and owner of the Kerrygold brand, has announced they will fund postgraduate scholarship for the MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development at Cork University Business School, UCC. The scholarship will be applicable for the academic year 2021-2022.
Applications are now open for those with a minimum second-class honours grade 1 in an approved primary degree who have received an offer and accepted a place on the MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development. Applicants must submit a short personal statement with shortlisted candidates interviewed by a panel of judges to include the programme’s co-directors and a representative from Ornua.
Commenting on the launch of the scholarship, Yvonne Cooney, Head of Sustainability, Ornua said, “we’re delighted to partner with Cork University Business School to help support those pursuing this programme which gives participants a deep understanding of co-operatives, sustainable development and agri-food system.”
“As a commercial co-operative exporting Irish dairy products to over 110 markets globally, we understand how critical the role of education is in continuing to grow our agri-food sector in Ireland. The practical emphasis of the course equips participants with the skills required to make innovative contributions to the development of both local and global economies.”
The MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development is the only one-year masters of its kind which fully integrates co-operative approaches into the study of sustainable development and agri-food. It is especially practical, both in work placements and in the skills developed by students. It prepares graduates to work in organisations that deal with current and future socio-economic and environmental challenges including climate change, collaborative economies, and sustainable rural communities.
How to apply
In order to apply for the scholarship students must secure a minimum Second-Class Honours Grade 1 in an approved primary degree or equivalent and have received an offer and accepted a place on the MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development.
Applicants must submit a short personal statement and students will be shortlisted for interview with a judging panel to include the programme’s co-directors and a representative from Ornua.
The application process is open from now until 1 August 2021.