A business management programme for Maori leaders has been named as one of four finalists for an international MBA innovation award.
The award is being made by the Association of MBAs in London, which accredits post-graduate business education qualifications in over 70 countries.
The programme named as a finalist is a partnership between the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development and the University of Waikato's Management School.
The college says the MBA was developed to foster indigenous ways of doing business with the emphasis on a collaborative ethos.
Academic director Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai says the first intake of 24 students began studying in April 2011 with the vision being to advance Maori leadership in the global business environment by giving participants the academic thinking to go with the practical experience they have built up over a number of years.
It is the first time the Association of MBAs has offered the innovation award and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner in London in mid October.