UBC Forestry joins forces with the Mastercard Foundation to empower next-generation leaders
The UBC Forestry is excited to announce our continued partnership with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) for the 2024/25 academic year. This collaboration plays a crucial role in empowering the next generation of leaders from economically disadvantaged communities, providing them with the education and skills needed to contribute to social and economic progress in their home countries.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: A Vision for Change
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a global initiative with a 10-year mission to educate and develop young leaders who will drive social and economic transformation in their communities. This program particularly targets young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Africa, aiming to bridge the gap in secondary and tertiary education in the region.
Africa has seen remarkable economic progress and political resurgence in recent years. With more than 60 percent of its population under the age of 25, it is the youngest continent globally. However, Sub-Saharan Africa faces significant challenges in enrolling its youth in quality secondary and tertiary education. The MCFSP aims to change this narrative by providing comprehensive support to scholars, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success in the global economy.
UBC’s Commitment to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
The University of British Columbia is proud once again to work with the Mastercard Foundation in realizing their vision. By continuing the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, UBC ensures that young leaders have access to quality education and support, enabling them to positively impact their communities and beyond.
“We are proud to be part of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, empowering young leaders who will shape their communities and contribute to global progress,” says Rob Kozak, Dean of UBC Forestry. “This partnership aligns with our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability, offering scholars the opportunity to advance their expertise in forestry and natural resources management, ultimately benefitting our planet and inspiring positive change.”
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC: Opportunities for the 2024/25 Academic Year
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC offers opportunities for Master’s degree studies in various faculties and programs. For the 2024/25 academic year, aspiring scholars can apply for the following programs at UBC Forestry:
Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM)
MSFM is a comprehensive 9-month course-based master’s program designed to prepare students for careers in professional forest land management. The program focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective forest land managers who contribute to the health, sustainability, and productivity of forests.
Master of International Forestry (MIF)
MIF is an intensive, 10-month, course-based master’s program that provides the knowledge, skills, and tools required to address the social, environmental, and economic challenges of global forest and natural resources management.
Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM)
MGEM is an accelerated, 9-month, professional master’s degree program that provides essential training in the use and application of geospatial tools used to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate programs to protect and regulate natural habitats and renewable natural resources.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of British Columbia is a beacon of hope for talented and motivated young leaders from economically disadvantaged communities in Africa. By providing access to quality education and support, this program is not only transforming the lives of the scholars but also igniting a positive change that will ripple through their communities and the world.
UBC Forestry is proud to be part of this inspiring initiative, working hand in hand with the Mastercard Foundation to make a lasting impact. The call for applications for the 2024/25 academic year is now open, and we invite all qualified candidates to explore this opportunity to further their education and contribute to a brighter future for all.
For detailed information about these programs and the application process, please visit the official Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC’s website.
MCF Application Deadline: December 1, 2023