These awards, now in their 14th year and widely referred to as the “Oscars of higher education”, shine a spotlight on the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and institutions working in our sector today.
The award was presented in front of 1,000 business and sector leaders at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, with U.K. Dean Professor Simon Mercado receiving the prize from Sharon Butler, EVP for Global Education at official sponsor Flywire, and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig (pictured).
ESCP Europe has not been afraid to tackle the questions and challenges thrown up by a rapidly changing political and commercial environment. In doing so, via a wide range of pioneering initiatives, it has claimed the title of Business School of the Year.
Maintaining its reputation for innovation and excellence in international management education, the School launched a new MBA in International Management. ESCP Europe also expanded its innovative Bachelor in Management (BSc) programme, which moves students across three European countries in three years, tapping into its network of European campuses.
Responding to Brexit, the School put politicians from the U.K. and continental Europe together with leading industry figures for a series of ‘Re-thinking Europe’ events. It launched a collaborative book project in which students worked with Nicole Fontaine, former President of the European Parliament. Such activities cemented the School as a symbol of Anglo-French co-operation and as a leading European and U.K. institution.
The judges were especially impressed by ESCP Europe’s response to large-scale technological and environmental developments. They praised the School’s Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) project, in which students used electrical vehicles to visit 10 European countries so as to encourage the use of carbon-neutral transport. The judges also identified the School’s response to a call in the UK government’s industrial strategy to develop executives for the fourth industrial revolution. Amongst several initiatives here, the School introduced a new Executive Specialised Master (EMS) in Manufacturing Automation and Digital Transformation, run in collaboration with the advanced robotics company, Comau.
In summary, they praised ESCP Europe Business School (London) for undertaking activities that were not only responsive but also innovative. “Higher education is not always credited with being quick to respond to changing business and political environments, but this business school managed to deal with changing government priorities in an engaging way, producing programmes around Brexit and the industrial strategy,” the panel said.
Professor Simon Mercado, Dean of the London School and Campus, remarks:
“This award is testament to a bold educational strategy that harnesses Europe’s diversity as well as to the excellence of our staff, students and alumni. As a European school at the heart of the U.K., we are honoured to receive such recognition and to celebrate the strength of our U.K. and European sectors.”
Professor Frank Bournois, President and Executive Dean of ESCP Europe, adds:
“We are proud of our British presence and of the U.K. sector into which we have been welcomed and recognised. We continue to do all that we can to strengthen U.K.-European ties and to work warmly with our peer institutions in order to advance international management education and research.”
THE editor John Gill said:
“At a time when universities face challenges and headwinds, when politics and social attitudes can seem to call into question many of the things that they stand for and hold dear, it is particularly important to champion the values, creativity and dedication of those who live and breathe higher education.
“As ever, our shortlists represent the best of the best, but our judges also reported that this year’s entries were the strongest that they could remember, so all those honoured should be incredibly proud. It's THE's great honour to help celebrate their success.”
For more coverage of the awards, including photos from the ceremony, please visit the-awards.co.uk.
Details are also online at Times Higher Education and, of course, the awards will feature in next week’s issue of THE magazine.
The full list of this year’s winners is below, and profiles of their winning entries can be viewed here.
University of the Year
University of Essex
Business School of the Year
ESCP Europe Business School (London)
The Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award
Baroness Mary Warnock
International Collaboration of the Year
University of Central Lancashire
Outstanding Support for Students
University of Kent
Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Leicester
Research Project of the Year: STEM
University of Hertfordshire
Most Innovative Teacher of the Year
Theo Gilbert, University of Hertfordshire
International Impact Award
Canterbury Christ Church University, in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
Middlesex University and the University of Greenwich, in collaboration with The Refinery
THE DataPoints Merit Award
University of Dundee
Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development
University of Stirling
Technological Innovation of the Year
Harper Adams University
Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year
University of East London
Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year
Helen Gleeson, University of Leeds
Outstanding Entrepreneurial University
King's College London
Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
University of Central Lancashire
Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration
Recycling Lives, in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire
About ESCP Europe
Established in 1819, ESCP Europe has educated generations of leaders and entrepreneurs. With its six urban campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw, ESCP Europe's true European identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education and a global perspective on international management issues. ESCP Europe welcomes 5,000 students and 5,000 executives from 100 different nations every year, offering them a wide range of general management and specialised programmes (Bachelor, Masters, MBA, Executive MBA, PhD and Executive Education). ESCP Europe is among the 1% of business schools worldwide to be triple-accredited (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS).