Professor Chris Styles, Dean UNSW Business School, Simon Mordant AM, Executive Co-Chairman Luminis Partners, Hugh Amos, Luminis Foundation Scholarship recipient, Ron Malek, Executive Co-Chairman Luminis Partners, and Professor Julie Cogin, Director AGSM and Deputy Dean UNSW Business School.

Engineer Hugh Amos is the first student to benefit from a $1m MBA scholarship program at UNSW, which was set up by Luminis Partners, through the Luminis Foundation and AGSM.

The scholarship will provide full tuition fees and a stipend for Amos to complete a full-time MBA. It will also include an international exchange at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the world's leading business schools, as well as access to an exclusive business network.

Hugh has a background in engineering and has worked as a civil engineer, senior consultant and associate manager. He received a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Master of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

This week Hugh had the chance to meet his donors face to face, Luminis Partners’ Simon Mordant and Ron Malek. “I am in awe of the foresight and philanthropic generosity the Luminis Partners through the Luminis Foundation and UNSW have shown in establishing the scholarship. I loved the concept of ‘education and innovation being fundamental’ to the scholarship as I believe an important characteristic of any business innovator is the willingness to continuously challenge themselves and incessantly be learning.”

“AGSM and Wharton are two pre-eminent world-class business schools. The opportunity to build exceptional relationships with some of Australia’s business luminaries and academics whilst gaining exposure to the US was truly an exceptional prospect.”

Director AGSM and Deputy Dean of UNSW Business School, Professor Julie Cogin, said “We’re thrilled that this scholarship has enabled Hugh to get off to a flying start in the MBA program. As we celebrate AGSM’s 40th anniversary this year and commemorate our history, I can honestly say it’s scholarships like this that really make a difference to the lives of our students and future leaders in business.

“This year AGSM climbed another 12 places in the FT Global MBA Rankings, which shows our commitment to providing a rigorous academic program that offers a rich learning environment and strong international networks. Generous donations from the Luminis Foundation will help in providing these invaluable international experiences for our students.”

Chris Styles, Dean of UNSW Business School, said: “We are very proud to have Hugh Amos embark on the first Luminis Foundation scholarship program. He is an outstanding candidate who will be a great ambassador for the Business School. Through the generosity of the Luminis Foundation, this prestigious scholarship will help create some of the best of the next generation of outstanding global business leaders over the next decade. Scholarships like this one enable outstanding candidates to benefit from life changing programs that they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.”

Launching the scholarship in 2016, Simon Mordant, Executive Co-Chairman of Luminis Partners said “We wanted to develop a scholarship that put two world-class institutions together so that the student got a really broad experience both in Australia and in the United States.”

“We believe that education and innovation are fundamental to all we do and we are overjoyed to be partnering with UNSW and Wharton to create this long-term scholarship program in business innovation.”

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