Posted 17 June 2008
Harper Adams University College is delighted to announce a new partnership with world-leading agribusiness Syngenta, to offer up to three student scholarships.
The Syngenta Scholars will receive financial and career support from the company, which is committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology
Welcoming the move, Professor Wynne Jones, Principal of Harper Adams University College, the UK’s leading centre for land-based higher education, said: “Strong links between business and the university sector are a critical foundation for innovation and the provision of high-level skills in the workplace.
“Business support for student scholarships not only provides an investment in young people who are potential industry leaders of the future, but reflects how highly our students are regarded in the market place. We are therefore delighted that Syngenta has chosen to support our students, and the University College, with the award of a scholarship programme.”
Full fees will be paid for specific years of the scholars’ courses, and the recipients will also be afforded the opportunity to complete a work placement with the company, with a view to securing a permanent position there on graduation.
Gary Mills-Thomas, Head of Sales at Syngenta CP UK, said: “New talent who are well educated and who have some experience of our industry are essential to our future. We believe that these scholarships will form an important part of our strategic recruitment programme.”
Syngenta is a leader in crop protection, and also ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. The company employs more than 21,000 people in more than 90 countries.
The scholarship is being set up in partnership with the Harper Adams University College Development Trust, which aims to develop the student experience improving University College facilities and providing financial support to help students in need take part in higher education at Harper Adams.
The trust has developed a number of industry scholarships, and Syngenta now joins the likes of Claas and The Shropshire Group in investing in the workforce of the future.