Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kanza Azeemi who graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences with a major in Economics (distinction) in 2013 has been awarded the Saïd Prize for 'outstanding academic excellence and contribution to the MBA and wider Oxford community' for the year 2016-2017 during the MBA end of Course ceremony held on September 9, 2017.

This prestigious award was given to only one candidate in a batch of 328 students from 58 different countries. Kanza Azeemi, completed her Master’s in Business Administration from Saïd Business School and was a member of St. Hugh’s College at the University of Oxford, UK.

The Dean of Saïd Business School, Peter Tufano announced Azeemi’s award in a prestigious end of course ceremony. He highlighted Azeemi’s position on the Dean's Honour List (at both LUMS and Oxford) and as Co-Chair of the Women's Leadership Oxford Business Network (which was the most active OBN of the year) as the key factors that distinguished her. He praised the multiple events that she had organised throughout the year that contributed positively to her peers' MBA experience and mentioned that the school will ensure that the International Women's Day activities that Azeemi has pioneered are organised annually.

“I am honoured and humbled to be the recipient of the Saïd award. LUMS has a tremendous role to play in my achievements. There were endless opportunities for personal as well as professional development during my time at LUMS (2009-2013) and unconditional support from the faculty, in my case, the Economics department.

My involvement in student societies, particularly Dramaline, and the exposure gained through courses that required hands-on learning and intensive fieldwork, contributed significantly to my leadership skills, organizational capabilities, and teamwork spirit. These skills have been fundamental in all the events I organised at Oxford.

Moreover, although I was studying at a Pakistani university, I gained international exposure through funded programmes at Waseda University, Tokyo, National University of Singapore, and through participation at an Economics conference at Nepal. Such exposure broadens one’s horizons and positively impacts Pakistan’s image internationally.

I am proud that the Saïd Prize at Oxford was given to the only Pakistani student in my class and as an alumna of LUMS, I am keen to contribute to the development of the institution by leveraging my learning from Oxford," commented Azeemi on her achievement.

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