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Tuesday 24 June 2014

Member of UK House of Lords visits ESCP Europe's London campus

ESCP Europe Business School welcomed Baroness Garden of Frognal to its London campus on 3rd June 2014. The Baroness took time out from the UK Parliament's House of Lords to find out more about the School.

The baroness came across ESCP Europe at an Industry and Parliament Trust Fellowship event and was keen to find out more about its structure and its international and multi-lingual approach to business education.

She met Tony Travis, Chair of ESCP Europe's UK Board of Trustees, and Florence Mele, UK Director of Studies, to talk about the School’s unique international, cross-border higher education model and the programmes offered in London. These included the world leading Master in Management (MIM), the Master in European Business (MEB), the Executive MBA, our innovative MSc in Marketing & Creativity (MMK) and Master in Energy Management (MEM), as well as bespoke programmes for corporate clients.

As a linguist herself with a special interest in skills and education, Baroness Garden was very interested in the way course structures are integrated across the School's five campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Torino. She was also impressed by the high entry standards required.

After the visit, she said: "Many thanks for such an interesting visit yesterday. I was most impressed to find out more about ESCP Europe, and to see round the buildings."

About the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT)
ESCP Europe is a member of the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT). The IPT is an independent, charity that provides a trusted platform of engagement between Parliament and UK business. ESCP Europe is part of the IPT Fellowship scheme, which organises programmes for MPs and Peers to engage with the business community from multinational corporations and FTSE100 companies to social enterprises and government agencies.

About Baroness Garden
Susan Garden was born in London and read Modern Languages at St Hilda's College Oxford. On graduating, she married a fellow student (the late Lord Tim Garden) and moved over twenty times during his RAF career. She was a teacher in England and Germany, was a volunteer with the Citizens' Advice Bureaux, a welfare counsellor and military caseworker. Settling in London, she joined City & Guilds to work on vocational qualifications from 1988 - 2000, continuing in an advisory role until 2008.

She has been actively involved with educational and charitable organisations, is a member of the World Traders' Livery Company since 2000, and Master of the Company 2008-09. She was a candidate in the Camden local elections in 2002 and Parliamentary candidate for Finchley and Golders Green in the 2005 general election. She was appointed a life peer in 2007.

In 2008, she was a spokesperson in the Lords for Children, Schools and Families, in 2009 for Universities and Skills. In October 2010 she was appointed a Baroness-in-Waiting and Government Whip and Spokesperson for the Department for Culture Media and Sport (Olympics, sport, lottery, tourism), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Higher Education) and the Department for Education. From 2012-2013, she led for the Government on Higher Education and Skills (BIS), and was Whip/Spokesperson for Education (DfE) and Defence (MOD). She is a Fellow of City & Guilds (FCGI), of the RSA (FRSA) and Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (HonFCIL). She is on the Council of the Air League and of the Japan-UK 21st Century Group.

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