Two BI students awarded the Alarga scholarship

30 June 2010

Javad Mushtaq and Manveer S. Sidhu have been awarded the Alarga scholarship of NOK 100,000. The Alarga scholarship is awarded to selected top students with a multi-cultural background.

Earlier this year, Javad Mushtaq (21) was voted economics student of the year in recognition of his strong academic achievement and social involvement at BI. He has now completed his Bachelor in Economics at BI Norwegian Business School, as has Manveer S. Sidhu (21). Both students are planning to continue their studies in Copenhagen this autumn.

“ I felt both shocked and happy at the same time,” says Sidhu. “It is difficult to understand how big this is, but it is starting to sink in.”

HRH Crown Prince Haakon

HRH Crown Prince Haakon attended the annual Alarga awards at the Oslo Concert Hall on 9 June. The scholarship is awarded to selected top students with a multicultural background, with the objective of increasing Norwegian enterprises’ competiveness through inter-cultural recruitment.     

These were the third consecutive Alargaa scholarship awards. So far, 23 students have been awarded the scholarship; all of them top students with a multi-cultural family background.   

Partner company

In addition to receiving the NOK 100,000 scholarship for a two-year master’s programme, the scholarship holders will be assigned to one of Alarga’s partner companies and provided with a professional mentor who will follow them through the programme. As part of the scholarship scheme, most of the candidates will do their master’s thesis together with the partner company. Mushtaq’s partner company is DnB Nor, and Sidhu will have close contacts with Orkla over the next two years.  “I will be doing my thesis at Orkla, and I have also been promised a summer job there next year,” Sidhu says. “There will be a lot to learn from having a mentor, and I will probably get a lot of new contacts, as well.”

The Alarga scholarship was established in 2007, and is awarded top students with family backgrounds from Eastern Europe, Asia (incl. Turkey) and Africa as well as Latin America. The scholarship is awarded in recognition of the students’ academic performance, social involvement and multi-language proficiency.

The Alarga 2010 scholarship ceremony was held in Oslo Concert Hall, 9 June, at 1 pm. BI Norwegian Business School congratulates Javad Mushtaq and Maveer Sidhu on their scholarships and wishes them both all the best in their further studies.

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