Theirworld and Edinburgh Business School launch MBA scholarships in Lebanon targeting refugee and marginalised communities



Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School and the educational charity Theirworld have teamed up to offer full scholarships for refugees and Lebanese nationals residing in Lebanon. 

The programme will offer up to 20 individuals the opportunity to study for a Master of Business Administration degree online in Arabic. Successful applicants will benefit from access to tools helping them to complete their studies as well as receiving local academic support. The students will sit their exams in Lebanon and will be awarded a master’s degree from UK-based Heriot-Watt University at the end of their studies.

The organisers are particularly keen to see applications from individuals who are hoping to use their skills to make a positive contribution to their communities and the economy, either in the country where they currently live, or after they have moved elsewhere or returned home. 

Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, said:

“We are committed to making business education accessible to anyone who has the desire to learn and advance their skills to gain employment, enhance their career or start their own business. Our partnership with Theirworld is designed to remove barriers to education and to empower individuals as they seek to build a better future for themselves and their families. 

“Our online MBA is the ideal mode of study for working professionals and people who for a variety of reasons might not be able to relocate and commit to full-time studies. While studying with us, our students gain a range of core business, management and leadership skills and one of the UK's most prestigious management qualifications, an MBA at the end of their studies.”

Sarah Brown, Chair and founder of Theirworld, said:

“We are delighted to enter this partnership with Edinburgh Business School for this new MBA, which will give Syrian refugees displaced from their homes and from their ambitions and disadvantaged Lebanese nationals the chance to restore their education. Only three percent of refugees have any form of higher education, and it is so important to find ways to offer them a pathway to a brighter future.

“Conflict and deprivation will have forced applicants to abandon their studies after an undergraduate course and confront the simple battle to survive. Theirworld is dedicated to equipping vulnerable young people with the skills they need for the future of work and the tools they need to rebuild their lives and move on from a day to day existence. Looking further ahead, we are hoping this partnership may provide a model that could be replicated in other contexts and locations.”

Edinburgh Business School and Theirworld are accepting applications for the MBA programme until 19 April 2020. For more information and to apply please visit: 

These scholarships have been made possible due to the support of the players of the People's Postcode Lottery, a subscription lottery which raises money for charities.