FACTS AND FIGURES: 2015/2016
At a glance: 2015/2016
We have been very fortunate to receive funding from a number of different channels in 2015/16. Some of this money has been used to help fund our academic research, which is the lifeblood of Oxford Saïd. The only way to be a world-class business school is to have great ideas embedded in research, and in the volatile world that we find ourselves, this research has never been more important.
We also use the money that we receive to invest in our facilities and ensure the best interaction between our students and faculty members. A US$1m gift from Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman will see us launch The Oxford Foundry in 2017, expanding the great work of our existing Oxford Launchpad – where we support student entrepreneurs regardless of where they study – into a larger off-site facility.
As you will see on the following pages, sheer interest in our programmes continues to grow. In 2015/16, the volume of our MBA applications rose by 26% year-on- year, and in 2016/17, applications will increase by 8%.
We are a diverse and global community, both in terms of nationalities represented and the gender balance in our MBa class. We have consciously sought applications from a number of different geographies, including Asia and Africa, and 10% of our MBA students came from African countries in 2015/16, compared with 5% in 2014/15. About a third of our MBA class is composed of female students and this figure is increasing every year. We have also worked hard to increase the funding that we offer to our students, and in 2015/16, we awarded scholarships to more than 100 people.
We are developing an initiative that meets the changing business needs of this industry by working closely with leading companies, through the establishment of both the annual Oxford Real Estate Conference and Oxford Real Estate Programe. We now plan to hire a permanent faculty member dedicated to this subject area.
We are embarking on a groundbreaking project to redevelop Oxford’s first power station into a new executive education facility for the School. Our ambition is to transform this historic building in to a state- of-the-art residential centre for leadership development and deliver transformational thinking in the heart of Oxford.
Scholarships: In February 2016, Bill Ackman and the Pershing square foundation agreed to increase the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate scholarships to fully endow five scholarships. These now fully fund both years for students in the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme, which allows students to combine one of 28 specialised masters’ programmes with an MBA over two years. We are always looking for further support for scholarships.
We would like to recognise the generosity of Mr Wafic Saïd whose gifts and additional £1m donation enabled the school to offer many new scholarships in 2015/16 and the coming academic year. We thank our other generous supporters who gave and pledged £25,000 and above to the School in 2015/16:
AstraZeneca UK Limited
BAE Systems plc
Barclays Bank plc
Chando Cosmetics (JALA Group)
Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah
Goldman Sachs foundation
HSBC holdings plc
Lloyd’s of London Insurance
Scott and Laura Malkin
MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth & Financial Inclusion
The Edith Murphy Foundation
National Grid plc
The Pershing Square Foundation
Royal Dutch Shell plc
The Saïd Business School Foundation
The Saïd Foundation
Mr Wafic Saïd
The Skoll Foundation
Oxford Saïd is very grateful to all of its donors for their continued support.