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To celebrate the centenary of Imperial College, London, as well as to attract top female and international candidates to its MBA and EMBA programmes, Tanaka Business School is offering a range of scholarships.

Among the awards on offer are three MBA scholarships for female students, who, the school says, remain under- represented in senior leadership positions.

Five Rajiv Gandhi scholarships, each worth £20,000, will also be awarded to Indian candidates who demonstrate exceptional leadership and management skills.

■ Erkko Autio, a Finnish specialist in high-tech entrepreneurship, has become the first UK professor of technology transfer in the physical sciences, writes Clive Cookson.

The chair at Tanaka Business School is funded by a £1m endowment from Qinetiq, the defence technology company, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Prof Autio comes to London from HEC Lausanne, where he has been professor of technology venturing since 2003. His role is to address the lack of academic approaches to commercial exploitation of ideas in engineering and the physical sciences, compared with growing research into commercialising innovation in the biosciences.

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