Friday, May 20, 2022

“BMW Group Fellowships for Ukraine”

Munich/Berlin. With the joint programme “BMW Group
Fellowships for Ukraine”, the BMW Group and international business
school ESMT Berlin are offering up to ten female refugees from Ukraine
the opportunity to participate in the ESMT Global Online Master of
Business Administration (MBA) at no cost. The English-language MBA
programme opens up global perspectives and opportunities for action,
by strengthening the important, fundamental role that women in
management positions play in business and enabling participants to
realise their potential, despite having to flee their country.

Ilka Horstmeier, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG
responsible for Human Resources and Labour Relations, explains: “We
have been working for many years with experienced partners around the
globe to promote intercultural understanding, democracy and peace. One
of our main priorities is to provide women with access to education
and professional qualification programmes. I am grateful that we are
able to help these women refugees, not only on a personal level, but
also by improving their professional perspectives, together with ESMT Berlin.”

“With the support of the BMW Group as a strong corporate partner, we
are able to offer career prospects to women displaced by the war in
Ukraine at an extremely critical time in their lives,” says Jörg
Rocholl, president of ESMT. “Responsible leadership has been a focus
of our activities since ESMT was founded. We are committed to
promoting education for women forced to flee their countries.”

The ESMT Global Online MBA helps decision-makers develop into
effective and successful business leaders. The programme comprises
seven modules (Module 0: Management in a connected world; Module 1:
Making wiser decisions under uncertainty; Module 2: Understanding your
market; Module 3: Understanding your organisation; Module 4: Creating
strategic advantages; Module 5: Electives; Module 6: Final report).
The programme is conducted in English with a flexible duration of
between 24 and 60 months, with no attendance requirement – which means
students can participate from any location.

Admission requirements for “BMW Group Fellowships for Ukraine”
scholarship recipients

In addition to proof of status as a “war refugee from Ukraine”, with
Ukrainian citizenship or a residence permit for Ukraine, the
applicants must also meet the following formal admission requirements:

  • Three or more years of post-graduate work experience.
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree.
  • Good knowledge of English (no formal test required).

Applications are now open and may be submitted until 28 August 2022.

Programme start date: September 2022

Apply here:

BMW Group response to the Ukraine conflict 

“BMW Group Fellowships for Ukraine” is the latest in a series of
measures the BMW Group has initiated since the conflict broke out to
establish educational opportunities and develop programmes to
integrate refugees from Ukraine into working life. The focus of this
commitment is on achieving a long-term, sustainable impact. The BMW
Group is also involved in other ways, including immediate measures,
such as providing financial support, material donations and vehicles
to transport medicines and food, and by supplying targeted
humanitarian aid at BMW Group locations and along evacuation routes.
This also includes support for local relief organisations and charities.

If you have any questions, please contact:

BMW Group Corporate Communications

Milena Pighi, Communications Human Resources, Working Environment,
Real Estate, Corporate Citizenship
Spokesperson Corporate
Email:, Telephone: +49-89-382-66563

Bernd Eckstein, head of Communications Human Resources, Working
Environment, Real Estate, Corporate Citizenship

Email:, Telephone: +49-89-382-59490

Media website:

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2021 was € 16.1 billion on revenues amounting to €
111.2 billion. As of 31 December 2021, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 118,909 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set its course for the
future early on and is making sustainability and resource efficiency
the focus of the company’s strategic direction – from the supply
chain, through production, to the end of the use phase, for all its products.


ESMT Berlin

ESMT Berlin is the highest-ranked business school in Germany and the
first, and only, German business school to be named among the top 10
in Europe. Founded by 25 leading global companies, ESMT offers
masters, MBA and PhD programmes, as well as executive education at its
campus in Berlin, locations around the world, online and through
hybrid formats. Focusing on leadership, innovation and analytics, its
faculty regularly publishes its research in top academic journals.
Additionally, ESMT provides a platform for discourse between politics,
business and academia. ESMT is an officially recognised private
institution of higher education with the right to confer doctoral
degrees, accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS and FIBAA, and is committed
to diversity, equity and inclusion across all its activities and communities.

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