Cambridge brainpower is proving an increasingly valuable export commodity.The Møller Centre for Continuing Education, which has just received the Queen’s Award for International Trade, has become a UK leader in executive education – and business is booming in Asia.
CEO Gillian Scarlett said at this week’s Queen’s Awards presentation ceremony that years of hard work and enterprise were paying off.
She said: “The Award is an accolade to the entire team at The Møller Centre for their dedication and commitment to our clients.
“The centre identified eight years ago the potential to offer bespoke executive education to the Asian market and it has taken much hard work and dedication from both staff and associates to get to the position we are in today.
“We strongly believe that there are still significant opportunities for growth, and we would like to now build on what we have achieved and extend our executive education programmes into new markets.”
The quality and proven success of the residential programmes, which initially targeted Japan, then developed substantially into the Chinese market, combine academic and practitioner-based learning for international business leaders particularly in the corporate, banking and healthcare sectors.
The Møller Centre is located at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and all profits are covenanted to Churchill for investment in undergraduate and graduate education plus student support.
The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Hugh Duberly presented Jeffy Li and Mark Carberry – representatives of centre – with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
It recognises the outstanding achievement and growth over the last three years at The Møller Centre, through the delivery of bespoke executive education programmes to leaders from overseas companies.
Income from this market grew by 90 per cent last year and now represents 40 per cent of revenue.