SAP sponsors award for the best and brightest UK business students

SAP’s University Alliances Program, in collaboration with the Association of Business Schools and the Guardian and Observer Newspapers, celebrates the UK’s best business students

LondonSAP UK presented awards to the winners of the 2005 Association of Business Schools essay competition at a ceremony at Oulton Hall in Leeds.
The awards were presented by Nicole Anderson, SAP UK Business Development Director, with over 100 Deans and senior Professors from the UK’s leading business schools in attendance as well as senior academic policy makers and journalists from two of the UK’s leading newspapers.

The awards were sponsored by SAP’s University Alliances Program, which has a membership of over 500 universities worldwide and is the only program of its kind sponsored by a major IT company. The SAP University Alliance Program enables schools of business, information technology, and engineering to utilise SAP’s software solutions in the academic environment. Through demonstrations, cases and problems, case studies and research projects students are able to put theory into practice thereby enhancing their educational experiences.

Martin Gollogly, UK Head of University Alliances states “The nature and scope of SAP provides a powerful and flexible resource to university faculties in the delivery of world-class business and computing education. Using SAP raises student interest, increases their understanding of the concepts being taught and enhances their employment prospects upon graduation. The University Alliance Program is unique in its scope, its size and as an illustration of how industry and academia can collaborate to enable young minds to fulfill their true potential.”

The University Alliance Program was first launched in 1988 and currently boasts over 500 members worldwide whilst in the UK this includes many of the most highly regarded and pioneering institutions in the country including the University of Warwick, City University, Cranfield University, Brunel University, Coventry University and Sheffield Hallam University.

The winning entries were participants in the 8th National ABS Essay Competition, sponsored by SAP and supported by the Guardian and Observer newspapers. Students were asked to submit essays on either of the three topics of corporate social responsibility, describing what they learnt from their undergraduate industrial placement or describing a student business idea. SAP presented first and second prize winners in each category with cheques for £2,000 and £500 respectively.

Jonathan Slack, Chief Executive of the Association of Business Schools says “The Association of Business Schools’ Awards for Business and Management students are now an established event in the calendar of UK business schools. We have been delighted to have such an impressive sponsor as SAP this year and we look forward to building on this relationship in the future, not least in supporting the Global University Alliance Programme.”

“This an excellent competition which SAP is very pleased to be sponsoring. I was very impressed with the originality and clarity of many of the ideas presented throughout the essays. I wish every competitor the very best success for the remainder of their degrees and for their future careers,” says Nicole Anderson, UK Director of Business Development.