History
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Marking the 70 years since our founding in October 1945 is a celebration of the school, faculty, staff, students and alumni, and the impact they have all made on the business landscape across the globe.

On this Hub you can read about our history, tell us about your experiences at Henley, your predictions for the future, and read the views and comments of others.

We invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, photos and films about the past, present and future, and to view the contributions of our colleagues and our wider community.

For some it will be nostalgic, for others very contemporary. For everyone we hope it will be interesting and surprising. Get involved today!

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70 years of Henley logo

Marking the 70 years since our founding in October 1945 is a celebration of the school, faculty, staff, students and alumni, and the impact they have all made on the business landscape across the globe.

On this Hub you can read about our history, tell us about your experiences at Henley, your predictions for the future, and read the views and comments of others.

We invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, photos and films about the past, present and future, and to view the contributions of our colleagues and our wider community.

For some it will be nostalgic, for others very contemporary. For everyone we hope it will be interesting and surprising. Get involved today!

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1942 1945

Administrative Staff College founded as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee

Nuffield Foundation gave £10,000, over 5 years, for bursaries to organisations not able to afford course fees

1946
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Sir Noel Hall appointed as first Principal

1948
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Prime Minister Clement Attlee performed official opening ceremony

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First General Management course runs

1953

College helped establish similar organisations in Australia, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Ghana and Iran

1955

First Alumni Association established, with nine regional groups

1957

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, visited the college

1961

James Patrick Martin-Bates appointed as Principal

1962

College awarded contract to conduct major research for the UK Department of Employment together with the Institute of Directors.

1964

Department of Economics established at University of Reading

1968

Department of Land Management & Development established at Reading

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors accreditation awarded to Real Estate and Planning courses.

1969

Alumni Association has 3,909 members

Specialist courses set up for individual organisations. Introduction of Custom Executive Education with first programme for the Civil Aviation Authority

1972

Professor Thomas Kempner appointed as Principal

1973

MPhil and PhD programmes launched

Land Management & Development start to offer Planning degrees

1974

First Masters (MA in Business) runs, which was renamed MBA by the end of the 70s.

1976

Growth in provision of Executive Education with Henley Management Development and Advisory Service being set up to deliver more in-company tailored courses for corporate clients.

1977 1978
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Royal Town Planning Institute accredits Real Estate & Planning courses

1980

Scholarships offered for Women in Management & Head Teachers

1981

Launch of Henley Management Course, a combination of distance/residential learning course.

Renamed "Henley – The Management College" to deliver mid career management education.

1985

Henley Distance Learning MBA launched

1986 1989
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Henley is first business school to offer MBA in Germany

1990

Professor Ray Wild appointed as Principal

Awarded AMBA Accreditation

The Henley Finland MBA started

1991

Renamed Henley Management College

Granted a Royal Charter and received the Great Seal, approval from HM government, demonstrating status within British education

1992

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme launched

Henley International Alumni Network established

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Henley presence established in Malta

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The Henley MBA launched in South Africa

1995 1996 1997 1999
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Corporate MBA programme tailored for IBM and delivered European-wide

2001

Professor Stephen Watson appointed as Principal

2002

Awarded AACSB accreditation

Land Management & Development was renamed to Real Estate & Planning in September

2003

Collaboration began with our current Ireland partner to deliver the Henley MBA locally

2004

The Henley Partnership was founded, a best practice business network for senior managers

2005

Christopher Bones appointed as Principal

MBAid launched providing a working relationship between MBA students and a range of NGOs in South Africa

2006

Received the Queen's Award for Enterprise, International Trade, based on Henley's performance over the previous 6 years

Henley Finland celebrates 20 year anniversary

Partnership formed with the Beijing Institute of Technology to deliver programmes

2007 2008

Merged with University of Reading to become Henley Business School and offer full portfolio of business education

Real Estate & Planning celebrates 40 year anniversary

2010
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Professor John Board appointed as Dean

2011

Capgemini partnership starts, with joint delivery of Business Technology Consulting programme

Awarded Equis accreditation, Henley is now in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide with triple accreditation.

2012

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) accreditation of International Human Resource Management programme begins.

"Flying Start" Accounting and Business Programme launched in collaboration with PwC

Henley enters Russian market via Finland office

Henley Community Partnership launched to work with non-profit organisations to build a strong and effective civil society in the Reading area

Diamond Jubilee MBA Scholarship launched to honour the Queen’s Jubilee

2013

Formed partnership with GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals)

CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) accredits Marketing & International Management programme and enables students to gain CIM qualifications

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Work begins on the Henley Business School Malaysia campus

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Henley DBA awarded AMBA accreditation

2014

Re-accredited by Equis to remain in the top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from three bodies

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MSc Management Information Systems in collaboration with University of Ghana Business School started

Accreditation of Finance & Psychology programme by BPS (British Psychological Society)

Women in Leadership Forum launched