On Wednesday 13th April 2016, HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, visited Ashridge House, home to Ashridge Executive Education (part of Hult International Business School) near Berkhamsted.
This was the first royal to visit Ashridge House since 1823, when a very young Queen Victoria visited and planted an oak tree that survives to this day on the South Lawn.
The Duke’s visit had a dual purpose: to see and understand what Ashridge offers from an education perspective, as well as to open our refurbished East Wing and The Duke of York
room within it. The East Wing of the House, sits on the site of what was the White Lodge, which along with the Red Lodge flanked the monastic house as it was during Elizabeth I’s time.
The Duke was welcomed by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam, Ashridge Executive Education’s President, Jason Cassidy and Dr Stephen Hodges, President of Hult International Business School.
The Duke had the opportunity to meet various members of Ashridge and Hult Faculty, some key clients as well as WAVE, finalists in the 2015 Hult Prize. Founded by a Hult alumnus, funded by the Hult family, and run in partnership with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student entrepreneurship competition. Student teams from all over the world compete to win a USD 1 million investment in their start-ups. This was a particular point of interest as it resonates with The Duke’s own Pitch at the Palace which supports entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas.
After the lunch the Duke was given a tour of the house and gardens and visited various teaching rooms where he was given the opportunity to get a real favour of what Ashridge do to develop senior leaders’ capabilities across the world – from witnessing a high-pressure live radio interview to chatting to participants during their session on building high performance teams.
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About Ashridge Executive Education
Established in 1959, Ashridge is a leading business school for working professionals with an international reputation for leadership development. It is one of only 1% of business schools globally accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB; the UK, European and American accreditation bodies. Each year it works with over 6,000 managers from 850 organisations in 60 countries.
About Hult International Business School
Hult is a global business school with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai, New York and now at Ashridge. The school offers MBA, Executive MBA, Master and Bachelor degree programs. It has students from over 120 countries, and an extensive alumni network working across the world.
A brief history of Ashridge House
Ashridge House has worn various guises over the course of its 730 year history. It began life as a monastery; was a royal residence for Henry VIII’s three children - in 1543 Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward all lived here. On his death, it passed into Elizabeth I’s ownership and then in 1604 the property was bought by Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Keeper of the Seal to the Queen. He became Lord Chancellor under King James I and his descendants became the Earls and Dukes of Bridgewater. It remained a family home until 1921 and transformed thence into a college for politicians, a wartime hospital, a finishing school, and, since 1959, it has been home to a world-class business school. In 2015, Ashridge entered an operational merger with Hult International Business School.
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