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Henley Business School recognised by the AACSB

The largest accreditation body for business schools has marked the Centre for Entrepreneurship as one of the best in the world

Posted by Charley Rogers | June 05, 2017 | Events

Henley Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship has been recognised by the AACSB, the world’s largest accreditation body for business schools, for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations, its exceptional contribution to entrepreneurship education and research, and its impact on the local community of entrepreneurial businesses.

Part of the University of Reading, The Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship is one of only 20 university entrepreneurship centres globally, and four in Europe, to earn this distinction which confirms its position as a leader of entrepreneurship in the UK’s Silicon Valley.

Reading has become the top location in the UK for successful entrepreneurship, with the greatest number of Scale-Up SMEs of any region outside London. Reading is now the tech centre of the UK outside London, and the capital of the Thames Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem. Outside London, Reading has emerged as the stand-out second city for new tech in the UK. 

Entrepreneurship is about problem solving and working to make improvements – whether on a business or society at large – and AACSB celebrates Henley Business School for striving to instil that same sense of responsibility in its business education curriculum.

“While the transition of London into a tech centre is widely celebrated, Reading’s entrepreneurial prominence is less well known despite having twenty per cent of the UK’s technology businesses, so we’re particularly pleased that such a prominent global organisation has highlighted the success of the region and the Centre’s contribution,” says Professor Andrew Godley, Academic Director of the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship.

“I am pleased to recognise Henley Business School for its commitment to developing thoughtful, dynamic education experiences that instil entrepreneurship and creative thinking in its students,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “Entrepreneurship is about problem solving and working to make improvements – whether on a business or society at large – and AACSB celebrates Henley Business School for striving to instil that same sense of responsibility in its business education curriculum.”

In its inaugural year, AACSB’s Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge highlights AACSB-accredited schools that deliver innovative and creative best practices through a range of distinctive entrepreneurship programs, or through a variety of impactful centre formats. Accredited schools were invited to submit one example of how they demonstrate a unique commitment to student learning, while providing opportunities for students to gain the skills required to be successful in business—whether it’s in a start-up or within a world-renowned corporation. Central to the challenge was uncovering schools’ unique approaches to engaging the business community, expanding the reach of education beyond the classroom, and positively impacting society.

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