Udochuku Richson, an Austrian graduate of IE Business School’s International MBA program, has been named the winner of ‘The MBA Student of the Year Award 2020’. The award is presented on an annual basis by the UK-based Association of MBAs (AMBA) in recognition of excellence among MBA students worldwide.
Born in Austria and with Nigerian roots, Udochuku (Udo) Richson embodies diversity at IE Business School MBA program. His prior achievements as a former national rugby player and musician earned him a talent scholarship at IE. He holds degrees in molecular biology and immunology and contributed to the development of breakthrough research initiatives as Manager of an EU research-funding programme.
After dedicating more than four years to building a charity organization focused on the integration of refugees, his next big goal is to drive the transformation of the healthcare system for a healthier and more sustainable society.
“When I put Udo’s name forward a few months ago, I knew he had a good chance of winning the award. I have been working with top #MBA students long enough to know Udo stands out from the crowd. Nonetheless, competition at the top is fierce and there are incredible profiles each year who attend some of the most prestigious MBAs in the world. Udo was recognized for having exceptional career potential and for being someone who can act as an ambassador for the high quality of accredited MBAs out there. This award could not have been given to a better person”, said Paula Robles, Executive Director of the International MBA of IE Business School.
IE Business School’s International MBA The International MBA has a student body comprised of 90% international students from 65 countries with an average of 5 years’ relevant work experience. The one-year program is available in English and Spanish, and its design permits students to craft a customized program for themselves based on their specific interests and career plans. Students can opt to do the “Creators” track, centered on entrepreneurialism, or the “Transformers track,” if they want to map a career path as directors in the corporate world. Moreover, they can choose from among over 150 elective courses to further personalize the learning experience, as well as undertake consulting projects or work on social initiatives in South Africa, Ethiopia, Peru or Brazil program.
“I see this award as an accolade for all my classmates, team members, professors and mentors that supported me along the way and without them, I never would have gotten this far. It would certainly also serve as a great inspiration for future MBA’s and as proof that everything is possible if you embody the right values and are willing to go the extra mile”, said Udochuku Richson.