Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 5pm

Warwick Business School Seeks Dynamism in Move to the Shard: MBA News

Warwick Business School at the Shard

Up on the 17th floor of the latest iconic addition to London’s skyline - the Shard - lies Warwick Business School’s (WBS) new base of operations in the capital.

In January, the school will begin offering executive education courses and a part-time finance MSc from its new location, before rolling out its EMBA program from the Shard next fall.

However, WBS – as well as the wider University of Warwick - unsurprisingly wants to make full use of its attractive location:

“Flexibility was key, so that our space could be used for the university more broadly, hosting academic conferences or high-profile events, for example,” Warwick Business School COO, Gareth Bennett, explains in a new report for the Shard.

The school’s presence in the building designed by Renzo Piano takes up 60% of the space available on the 17th floor and features two lecture theatres capable of accommodating 120 people as well as a high-tech IT suite.   

The Shard targeted for its ‘bold statement’ says WBS dean

The move to the Shard was targeted by Warwick Business School – not just for the chance to put much of London within easy reach, including Canary Wharf and the City, but more as a signal of intent:

“The actual building itself is a bold statement. In a very symbolic sense, locating in the Shard seemed the right thing to do. It is a young, exciting building — it has such an innovative design by Renzo Piano — it fits in with our ethos of being young and dynamic,” Warwick Business School’s dean, Mark Taylor, told the Gulf Times.

Tim is a writer with a background in consumer journalism and charity communications. He trained as a journalist in the UK and holds degrees in history (BA) and Latin American studies (MA).

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Warwick Business School is considered by many to have the best MBA faculty. It is one of the reasons why there are so many MBA aspirants flocking to the school every year, despite the hefty MBA course fee. This shifting of base can actually help it widen its reach all the more.