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Celebrating 10 years since Henley Business School merger

Release Date 01 August 2018

It is 10 years since the University of Reading merged with Henley Management College to form Henley Business School


This week marks a significant milestone for Henley Business School and the University of Reading as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their merger. Henley Management College merged with the University on 1 August 2008, creating a large, vibrant and global Business School, which now offers everything from undergraduate degrees through to MBAs and Executive Education.

Henley Business School aims to empower people to become successful professionals and outstanding business leaders by providing an excellent learning experience. Combining resources with those of the University created an elite business school with strengths and capabilities to meet this ambition, to have a positive impact on society, and rise to the challenges of the constantly changing business world.

Together, the two institutions have staff, students and alumni from across the world. Henley alone boasts 75,000 alumni in more than 150 countries and has delivered training and consultancy on a global scale. Henley Business School South Africa recently welcomed a record number of participants to its campus.

Highlights from recent years include:


  • The University receiving the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2009 and 2012. In 2012, Henley hosted the Diamond Jubilee Garden Party attended by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
  • Henley now holds triple accreditation with AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, successfully passing through multiple audits.
  • The Flying Start Accounting and Business Programme launched in collaboration with PwC in 2012.
  • The opening of the University of Reading’s campus in Malaysia in 2016 at which a high proportion of participants are taking part in Henley degrees.
  • The Real Estate and Planning Department celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, from its beginnings as a University Department to an integral part of Henley’s offering, and the ICMA Centre has celebrated over 25 years delivering excellence in finance.
  • Innovations in Executive Education including jointly launching the Army Higher Education Pathway for Army Officers to study for MSc and BSc degrees in Leadership and Strategic Studies and becoming one of the first business schools to offer Apprenticeship Levy programmes funded by business and government.
  • Henley has grown exponentially over the last decade and now has 150 faculty and over 7,000 students from 140 countries.


Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: "It is now ten years since the Henley Business School became an integral part of the University of Reading. Now, through the hard work, dedication and commitment of everyone involved, Henley is one of the world’s leading business schools.

"Today, both the University of Reading and Henley Business School go from strength to strength. Together, we offer a variety of programmes to students and professionals at all levels. As a result, we are educating the leaders of the future, ensuring that they are well prepared to deal with the complexities of the world beyond."



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