We are proud to announce that our long standing UK partner in Business studies, the Anglia Ruskin University has won a prestigious national prize for entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, known as “the Oscars of Great British business”.

Anglia Ruskin saw off competition from the University of Sheffield, Liverpool John Moores University, Royal Agricultural University and London South Bank University to win the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship at a glittering ceremonyheld recently at the Grosvenor Park Hotel in London’s Mayfair.

The judges said that Anglia Ruskin had “injected enterprise and innovation throughout the curriculum” and also praised initiatives such as the MedTechCampus, a partnership with councils in Southend, Harlow and Chelmsford to drive business growth in the UK medical technology sector.

Professor Lesley Dobree, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Winning the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship underlines the emphasis Anglia Ruskin places on ensuring an entrepreneurial culture runs through the fabric of our university. “It is testament to the hard work and innovative approach of our staff and students and is our second major national award in this area in the past three years, having been named Times Higher Education’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2014.”

First City UC currently offers specially-crafted degree programmes to respond to the needs and demands of both the local and global industry which will enhance the employability of its graduates. Four of its degree programmes, namely BA (Hons) Business Management, BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance, BA (Hons) Marketing and Master of Business Administration (MBA) are offered in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). It is well regarded for its quality teaching and support, and is one of the largest universities in the East of England with 35,000 students from 177 countries. ARU was named “one of the top 350 institutions in the world and joint 38th best in the UK” by the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Rankings 2016. The Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS) at ARU is ranked among the top 50 Business Schools in Accounting and Finance in the UK, according to the 2017 UK Guardian League Table report.

Students who pursue these programmes will receive two degree certificates; one from First City UC and one from ARU. This collaborative mode will provide them with recognition and validation from two higher education providers, giving them the edge which will set them apart from their peers.