Graduate Management Awards 2021 from MBAus

MBA Australasia is proud to present the Graduate Management Awards (GMA) again in 2021. With the continued disruption caused by COVID-19, we are returning to an online video awards format, similar to the GMA 2020. Join us for the online broadcast on Thursday 25 November at 8PM AEDT to be the first to know who has won each of this year’s awards. 

The GMAs provide recognition to outstanding members of the MBA community, and shine a spotlight on them, their career, and their actions. This is an opportunity for outstanding business and management graduates to be recognised, and will bring together the most talented alumni, universities, and colleges from around the Australasia region. 

Award Categories 2021

  • Most Outstanding MBA


  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship


  • Community Impact


  • Most Inspirational MBA Lecturer

Nominations are now closed

This year, each award will be provided along with a cash prize of AU$400 as further recognition of the outstanding achievements of the winners.

Nominations closed on Tuesday 21 September 2021. Descriptions of each award and their submission requirements are listed as follows.

MBA News Most Outstanding MBA Graduate

The award for the Most Outstanding MBA is the flagship of the GMA from MBAus, and is in recognition of a recent MBA graduate who has proven to be outstanding in their academic pursuits, professional life, and extracurricular endeavours.

  • Individual submissions only (no group submissions accepted)
  • Must be a graduate of an MBA or EMBA program delivered in the Australasian region 
  • Must have graduated from the MBA or EMBA program since June 2020

A panel of assessors will be convened to judge applications, combining members of the MBAus Board and independent judges. Assessment of applications may include, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement 
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Demonstration of innovative thinking 
  • Demonstration of adaptability
  • Demonstration of integrity 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of management thinking, knowledge and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate theory from MBA studies into professional practice

Submissions must be made through the provided form prior to the nomination closure date. The application should include the following: 

  • Copy of Transcript – Nominee’s attached transcript to verify their academic credentials.
  • Letter of Nomination – Outlining why the person has been nominated, and why they should be awarded in their category. This letter may be written by the nominee, or another person nominating on their behalf.
  • Letter of Recommendation – Endorsement from the nominees alma mater, employer, or related organisation as to the suitability of the nominee to be recognised in their category. 
  • Supporting Documents (optional) – Other documents that provide further proof or explanation to accompany aspects raised in the letter of nomination

Information provided as part of this submission will be shared with the judging panel, and may be referenced or used (in part or full) in the Graduate Management Awards and ongoing operations of the organisation, MBA Australasia Ltd. Should information be confidential in nature please mark it accordingly in the submission. 

For more support on how to write a compelling Letter of Nomination, please see our submission support document, available here

Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship award showcases innovative business concepts created or developed through work submitted as part of an assignment in an MBA program, or launched on a foundation provided by the knowledge and community gained through involvement in the MBA program. 

This may be a stand-alone entrepreneurial venture, or an innovative process to improve an existing business.

  • Individual or group submissions
  • Must be a graduate (since June 2016) or current student of an MBA or EMBA program delivered in the Australasian region
  • Must demonstrate how the innovative business concept was created as part of or significantly aided by the MBA or EMBA program

A panel of assessors will be convened to judge applications, combining members of the MBAus Board and independent judges. Assessment of applications may include, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of innovative thinking 
  • Demonstration of business acumen 
  • Commercial viability of the concept 
  • Social and sustainable impact of the concept
  • Originality of the concept

Submissions must be made through the provided form prior to the nomination closure date. The application should include the following: 

  • Copy of Transcript – Nominee’s attached transcript to verify their academic credentials.
  • Letter of Nomination – Outlining why the person/team has been nominated, and why they should be awarded in their category. This letter may be written by the nominee, or another person nominating on their behalf.
  • Letter of Recommendation – Endorsement from the nominees alma mater, employer, or related organisation as to the suitability of the nominee to be recognised in their category. 
  • Supporting Documents (optional) – Other documents that provide further proof or explanation to accompany aspects raised in the letter of nomination (e.g. pitch deck, business plan, business case)

Information provided as part of this submission will be shared with the judging panel, and may be referenced or used (in part or full) in the Graduate Management Awards and ongoing operations of the organisation, MBA Australasia Ltd. Should information be confidential in nature please mark it accordingly in the submission. 

For more support on how to write a compelling Letter of Nomination, please see our submission support document, available here

Community Impact

The Community Impact award provides recognition for how the applicant has used the insight from the MBA journey to benefit a community or social cause. This may be related to improving or implementing sustainable practices leading to significant environmental or social benefits, making a significant and lasting impact in the NFP sector, or service to the community to help others.

  • Individual submission. Group submissions available where the Community Impact was generated directly from activities associated with the MBA program. 
  • Must be a graduate (since June 2016) or current student of an MBA or EMBA program delivered in the Australasian region

A panel of assessors will be convened to judge applications, combining members of the MBAus Board and independent judges. Assessment of applications may include, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • Impact of community support initiatives 
  • Demonstrated use of knowledge acquired through MBA studies
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Demonstration of integrity 
  • Prominent demonstration of ethical practices and standards
  • Commitment to corporate social responsibility

Submissions must be made through the provided form prior to the nomination closure date. The application should include the following: 

  • Copy of Transcript – Nominee’s attached transcript to verify their academic credentials.
  • Letter of Nomination – Outlining why the person/team has been nominated, and why they should be awarded in their category. This letter may be written by the nominee, or another person nominating on their behalf.
  • Letter of Recommendation – Endorsement from the nominees alma mater, employer, or related organisation as to the suitability of the nominee to be recognised in their category. 
  • Supporting Documents (optional) – Other documents that provide further proof or explanation to accompany aspects raised in the letter of nomination (e.g. assignment materials as submitted during MBA studies – required for group submissions)

Information provided as part of this submission will be shared with the judging panel, and may be referenced or used (in part or full) in the Graduate Management Awards and ongoing operations of the organisation, MBA Australasia Ltd. Should information be confidential in nature please mark it accordingly in the submission. 

For more support on how to write a compelling Letter of Nomination, please see our submission support document, available here

Most Inspirational MBA Lecturer

In recognition of the crucial role teachers play in the MBA journey, the award for Most Inspirational MBA Lecturer shines a spotlight on a lecturer or member of faculty who has gone above and beyond to help teach and inspire their MBA students.

  • Individual submission only (no group submissions accepted)
  • Must be (or have been since January 2020) a lecturer or member of faculty of an MBA or EMBA program delivered in the Australasian region 
  • Nomination must come from a student or co-worker of the nominee (past or present)

A panel of assessors will be convened to judge applications, combining members of the MBAus Board and independent judges. Assessment of applications may include, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • Nature and impact of the inspiration provided 
  • Learning outcomes achieved 
  • Feedback from students and co-workers
  • Evaluation information by students collated from university end of semester surveys

Submissions must be made through the provided form prior to the nomination closure date. The application should include the following: 

  • Video Submission – A short video recording (30-120 seconds) from a student or co-worker describing how the nominee has inspired you personally, and why they should be considered for the Most Inspirational MBA Lecturer award
  • Letter of Nomination – Outlining why the person has been nominated, and why they should be awarded in their category.

Information provided as part of this submission will be shared with the judging panel, and may be referenced or used (in part or full) in the Graduate Management Awards and ongoing operations of the organisation, MBA Australasia Ltd. Should information be confidential in nature please mark it accordingly in the submission. 

For helpful tips on how to record a video that looks great, see our recording support document here