West Cork based Carbery Group has committed to supporting a postgraduate student scholarship at University College Cork over the next five years.
The donation from the company will fund The Carbery Group Scholarship for one postgraduate student annually on the MSc (Masters of Science) in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development at Cork University Business School, UCC, the group said.
The international ingredients, flavours, and cheese producer said the scholarship opportunity will also include a work placement with Carbery Group.
Commenting on the launch of the scholarship, Jason Hawkins, Carbery CEO said, “The co-operative ethos is fundamental to the Carbery identity and how we operate.
"We work in partnership with our farmer shareholders, and the communities in which we are based, to make sure we are contributing in a positive way to the economy, socially, and within the community."
"So we are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with UCC and to work with Cork University Business School to support students in pursuing this unique programme, which give participants a deep understanding of co-operatives, sustainable development and the agri-food system," he said.
'One-Year Masters Of Its Kind'
According to Carbery the MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development is the only one-year masters of its kind which fully integrates co-operative approaches into the study of sustainable development and agri-food.
It prepares graduates to work in organisations that deal with current and future socio-economic and environmental challenges including climate change, collaborative economies, and sustainable rural communities.
Commenting on behalf of UCC, Professor Thia Hennessy, Dean of Cork University Business School said, “The Carbery Group Scholarship reinforces the historic ties that connects the Business School with Ireland’s indigenous food industry."
"The scholarship is indicative of the evolving nature of this relationship as we confront the challenges associated with placing sustainability at the heart of vibrant communities," Hennessy added.