Ashridge Executive Education

Ashridge Executive Education | Hult
Type Business school for executive education
Established 1959
Parent institution
Hult International Business School
President Dr. Stephen Hodges
Administrative staff
400 +
Location Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Campus Executive education: Hertfordshire. Other Hult programs: San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Dubai, UAE; Shanghai, China; New York City; London, UK; Hertfordshire, UK
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Ashridge Executive Education, formerly Ashridge Business School, is a non-profit making organization, near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, England. Ashridge is part of Hult International Business School, and changed its name to Ashridge Executive Education following the operational merger between the two business schools in 2015. Its activities include open and tailored executive education programmes, MBA, MSc and Diploma qualifications, organisation consulting, applied research and online learning. Ashridge works with private and public organisations from around the world. The triple accredited school is based at Ashridge House, one of the largest Gothic Revival country houses in England. Ashridge Executive Education's campus is a grade 1 listed building.[1]

It is one of eight members of the newly formed Independent Universities Group, whose objective is to differentiate their academic credentials from the more commercial elements of the alternative sector.


The college was conceived at Ashridge House in 1921 when the house was acquired by a trust established by Andrew Bonar Law, a former Prime Minister; in 1929 it became a "College of Citizenship" established to help the Conservative Party develop its intellectual forces in struggles with left-wing organisations such as the Fabian Society.[2] It became a cross between a think-tank and a training centre and had Arthur Bryant as its educational adviser. After the War the "College of Citizenship" was briefly re-launched but in 1959 it was re-launched again as a College to provide management training.[3] In 2015, Ashridge Business School operationally merged with Hult International Business School, an American business school with campuses in seven cities around the world. As part of the merger, Ashridge Business School changed its name to Ashridge Executive Education.[4]

Academic performance

In the Financial Times rankings (May 2014) for custom and open programmes, Ashridge was ranked in the top 25 (23rd) in the world.[5] Ashridge is the only UK specialist business school with degree awarding powers, giving it the equivalent status to a university in awarding its degrees. Ashridge’s Academic Accreditation service provides a route for other educational institutions to work with Ashridge in offering degree-level qualifications in business and management.[6]


Ashridge Business School is constituted as a registered charity, formally named the Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust, and is one of the 150 largest UK charitable organisations ranked by annual expenditure.[7] The trust has the following goals: (a) honouring the memory of a great statesman, (b) the preservation of the house and grounds as an historic building, (c) to create an educational centre (d) to train lecturers, speakers and writers to further the study of the subjects outlined above (e) provide lectures and/or discussions on these subjects open to the public or for those who had paid fees to attend, (f) provide a supporting staff, (g) to allow boarding by those attending the lectures and discussions.[8]


Ashridge employs approximately 95 full-time faculty and has a further 100 associate faculty members. Ashridge faculty are not traditional academics – together with significant academic qualifications, the majority have extensive international business experience, enabling them to become fully involved with the issues and challenges faced by clients and individual participants. Faculty regularly serve on the councils of international educational and advisory bodies, including the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Association of MBAs (AMBA). They also share their expertise as visiting professors at many international business schools and universities.[9]

Presence around the world

Ashridge Business School has a number of representatives in Europe and throughout the world including: Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, India, United Arab Emirates and in North America and the Benelux.[10]

Research centres

Ashridge Executive Education has six research centres, each carrying out specific research and providing consultancy services and specialised programmes.Including: Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability, Ashridge Centre for Coaching, Ashridge Leadership Centre, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, Centre for Research in Executive Development, Ashridge Centre for Action Research.[11]

See also


  1. "Ashridge". Ashridge House. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  2. "A glimpse at the archives of a Conservative intellectual project". Contemporary British History, Volume 19, Issue 1. 2005. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. "Ashridge College". Rural Heritage Trust. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. "Governance". Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  5. Bigger and better: the 2014 ranking
  6. "Academic Accreditation". Ashridge. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  7. "Top 500 Charities – Expenditure". Charities Direct. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  8. Berthezène, Clarisse (Spring 2005). "Ashridge College, 1929-54: a glimpse at the archive of a Conservative intellectual project". Contemporary British History. 19: pp. 80–95.
  9. "Business Research and Faculty". Ashridge. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  10. "International Representatives and Offices for Ashridge Business School". Ashridge. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  11. "Ashridge Research". Retrieved 2014-07-25.

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