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The first MUFG Prize for Best MSc Dissertation on Climate Change was awarded to an MSc Accounting and Finance student in conjunction with the December graduation ceremony. The prize-winning work investigated the link between board gender diversity and environmental performance of Chinese companies.

Zhihan Wang, this year’s winner, found evidence of a positive relationship between the proportion of female directors and environmental scores of China’s public-listed manufacturing companies.

Professor Yener Altunbas , who supervised Zhihan’s dissertation project, commented:

“I am delighted to hear that Zhihan Wang received a prestigious award for the research paper. She is an excellent researcher and student. I am very proud of the research that Zhihan has produced and with little additional work can be published in a top rank academic journal. Zhihan is an extremely hard-working and confident individual. She was not afraid to discuss her research work with me. Her positive attitude towards her work has allowed her to adjust quickly to the high demands of research. I congratulate her on her excellent and prestigious achievement.”

The MUFG Prize, launched in February this year, will continue to be awarded annually over the next four years.


Further details

Find out more about the MUFG funded dissertation prize.