20 May 2019
New Beacon Group is celebrating a new partnership with the London School of Commerce, one of the largest independent higher education providers in the UK, with a well-respected global reputation.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions, setting out opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration and positive academic engagement was signed at a ceremony held at New Beacon’s campus in Stafford on 17th May 2019.
In sealing their commitment to explore the potential for student recruitment, joint teaching and the development of new academic programmes, Professor Richard Li-Hua – President of the New Beacon Group, and Tim Andradi – Chief Executive of London School of Commerce, were joined at the signing ceremony by Lord John Tomlinson and Jeremy Lefroy – the MP for Stafford, and representatives of both NBG and LSC.
Given the clear synergies and shared values around teaching and pedagogy, the development of learning through real world practice and active research, and West and East Management, this latest partnership represents another exciting step in NBG’s vision to become an influencing, globally-connected university in business, management and innovation.
It also builds on LSC’s national and international success achieved through the delivery of life-long learning and widening participation over the past 20 years.
New Beacon’s Professor Richard Li-Hua highlighted the ‘strategic fit’ between the two institutions: “This partnership with LSC is an important part of NBG’s mission to bring higher education back to the Beaconside campus and will help us to forge links across the UK and around the world as well as boosting global mobility and collaboration”.
This point was echoed by Jeremy Lefroy who acknowledged the ‘outward looking’ work being done by NBG to preserve and revitalise the campus. By ensuring that “localism stands alongside internationalism”, he also emphasised the importance of education and training to Stafford’s future prosperity.
Lord Tomlinson, chair of LSC’s International Advisory Committee, who also chairs the Association of Independent Higher Education Providers (AIHEP) commented on the key role of effective partnerships with the ‘right value base’ in providing higher education opportunities aimed at ‘changing the lives of thousands of people around the world’.
Following the signing ceremony, Professor Li-Hua guided LSC colleagues around New Beacon’s beautiful 50-acre site where they viewed the Beacon Business School’s facilities and resources, and a new plaque to commemorate what Tim Andradi referred to as ‘the first step in our shared journey to establish a thriving academic collaboration to transform the lives of individuals and communities for the better’.