University of London Business School
The London Business School (LBS), founded in 1964, is an international business school and a constituent college of the federal University of London. LBS is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world; the school was ranked 1st in Europe (2014, 2015, 2016 Rankings) by the Financial Times and 2nd in the world (for Business and Management Studies; 2016) by the QS ranking. In 2013, LBS was reported to have among the most wanted MBAs in the world by recruiters, comparable to those of Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD.
LBS awards only post-graduate degrees (Masters, MBA, PhD and EMBA) and is one of the few schools in the world to have the triple crown accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).
The main campus is located in London next to Regent’s Park in the Sussex Palace, built by the architect John Nash. Unlike most other business schools, LBS organises courses in listed buildings in London instead of new buildings with a modern architecture. In 2015, the school acquired the Marylebone Town Hall and spent £60 million to refurbish it with the objective to expand its teaching facilities by 70 per cent. LBS also has a secondary campus in Dubai that is dedicated to Executive Education.
University of London Business School, Campus
The campus is located in Marylebone, on the perimeter of Regent’s Park. The main building, designed by John Nash, along with the entire area of Regents Park, was originally built as 26 terraced houses in 1822–23. There are ten pointed cupolas along the roof line, and the façade is adorned with Corinthian columns.
LBS maintains a number of facilities, including a sports centre, restaurant, three cafes and a library, all dedicated for the exclusive use of its community. There is also a privately run pub, ‘The Windsor Castle’ attached to the campus. Most classrooms for the MBA are located in the Sainsbury Wing, the centre of the terrace, most of which are 100-student amphitheatre rooms.
There is no accommodation on campus for students in full-time programmes, although there are rooms on-campus for visiting faculty and executive education participants. Most students choose to live in nearby private residential buildings or in students halls of residence such as the International Students House, London.
LBS is expanding its campus in central London. The business school is in the process of redeveloping the Old Marylebone Town Hall into classrooms and offices.