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Ashridge, EABIS and Microsoft launch MBA Essay Award

Ashridge Business School and the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) are launching the Best European MBA Essay Award.

The competition, supported for the first time by Microsoft, aims to recognise the most thought-provoking essays written by MBA students on the responsibilities of business in a knowledge economy. The student who writes the most exceptional essay wins the top prize of €6,000.

Matthew Gitsham, research consultant at Ashridge, said: "The award was created to raise awareness of issues including corporate governance, ethics and responsibility and how they can impact upon the long-term viability of business.

"We are delighted to be partnering with EABIS and Microsoft on this project and expect a range of challenging essays to be submitted."

The judging panel for the award, which is now in its seventh year, includes Viscount Etienne Davignon, vice-chair of EABIS and Groupe Suez; Jeanette Purcell, CEO at the Association of MBAs; Sir Paul Judge, Benefactor of the Judge Institute, Cambridge University; and Rachel Jackson, head of social & environmental issues at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

The organisers say the winning essay will be chosen for its originality, relevant insights and depth of analysis.

The award is open to full or part-time students studying on an MBA programme during the 2005/2006 academic year at a European Business School. The closing date for entries is 31 July 2006.

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