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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.
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. 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. 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.