Mission & history

For decades, Hult has provided students and executives from around the world with the opportunity to forge careers that are not limited by borders or tradition. Strong relationships with the world’s leading companies and an approach to experiential business education that utilizes the world as its campus mean that Hult has a history – and a future – unlike any other business school.

Mission statement

We strive to be the most relevant business school in the world.

By using our global reach and always being creative, entrepreneurial, and on the cutting edge, our aim is to have a positive impact on individuals and organizations by transforming their management practices. In so doing, we hope to be the business school of choice for existing and aspiring leaders. We will contribute to sustainable growth, helping leaders to integrate commercial success and societal well-being.

Two extraordinary histories, one global school

Our school’s history is woven of two stories, one beginning in 1964 in Boston Massachusetts, the other in 1959 just outside of London. In 2015, Hult International Business School and Ashridge Business School operationally merged to form one of the world’s most unique business schools.

Today, success in business is as much about understanding cultures and globalization as it is about understanding finance and marketing. With our exceptional faculty, rigorous curriculum, and unique campus network, Hult International Business School is committed to educating not just leaders of business, but leaders of the world.

Bertil Hult

Founder of EF Education First and educational philanthropist




The Management Education Institute in Boston is formed by Arthur D. Little Inc, the world’s oldest management consulting firm, and develops a one-year Master degree program to train business leaders.


The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).



Ashridge Management College is established, with the support of leading companies including Guinness, Shell, and Unilever, to provide general management courses to business leaders.


After only 10 years, Ashridge is running 100 programs with over 2,000 participants.


The first international program is held in Venezuela, and custom programs are introduced.


Ashridge Consulting is set up to provide business consulting services to organizations.


Ashridge Strategic Management Centre is established to research and work on strategic management issues within large organizations.


Ashridge Full-time MBA runs for the first time.


Ashridge MBA is accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA).




Forbes ranks the school’s MBA in the top five programs in the U.S. 



Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability is established as one of the earliest authorities on sustainability issues.


Ashridge’s Virtual Learning Resource Centre (VLRC) is launched, providing online learning to individuals and organizations.




The Economist ranks the school third in Massachusetts behind Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Renamed Hult International Business School, honoring benefactor Bertil Hult’s vision and commitment to educating international business leaders.


Hult becomes first U.S. school to have its MBA accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).


As the first U.S. academic institution to be licensed in the U.A.E, Hult welcomes its first class of students to the MBA program in Dubai.


Hult first London campus opens, welcoming both undergraduate and graduate students.



Ashridge helps to develop and became one of the first signatories of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education.


Ashridge obtains its own degree-awarding powers, enabling it to develop its degree program portfolio.


Ashridge celebrates 50 years as a leading business school. Now working with 6,000 managers from 850 organizations in 60 countries.




Hult opens a second U.S. campus in downtown San Francisco. The first Hult Global Case Challenge (now named the Hult Prize) is launched, pioneering a crowd-sourcing platform benefiting One Laptop per Child.


Hult’s opens a campus in Shanghai, China. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton awards a USD1 million prize to Water.org at the Hult Global Case Challenge Final.


Hult opens new campuses in London and Dubai and a rotation center in New York. The Hult Global Case Challenge is renamed the Hult Prize.


The Hult Prize final is held at the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Annual Meeting in New York after finalists are trained through the Hult Prize Accelerator Program. Hult Labs releases ground-breaking research on the future of the MBA program.


Hult forms an alliance with Ashridge Business School to create the world’s most relevant business school for employers, combining Ashridge’s expertise in executive and organization development and research with Hult’s global reach and scale.


Hult beats 100 other schools to win the Association of MBAs’ (AMBA) 2014 MBA Innovation Award for the redesigned MBA curriculum. The curriculum is the first in the world to be designed in collaboration with business leaders and employers.


Hult is ranked in the Bloomberg Businessweek MBA rankings, debuting at #21 in the International category and #10 for Employer Satisfaction.



Ashridge wins the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) award for organizational development for its work with the U.K. National Trust.


Ashridge House is rated the Number One venue and conference centre by BDRC’s VenueVerdict.


Revised MBA curriculum launched, combining both full-time and executive classes.


Ashridge is ranked as one of the top 20 global schools by Bloomberg Businessweek – one of only two U.K. schools to be included.

Hult and Ashridge


Hult and Ashridge operationally merge to form one of the most unique business schools in the world.


The Economist ranks Hult #13 best in the world for its Masters in International Business program.


Hult earns global accreditation from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Legal structure

Hult International Business School Inc and the Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust are separate legal entities that have merged operations  under the common brand “Hult International Business School”. 

Hult International Business School Inc is a non-profit organized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust is a United Kingdom registered charity. 
All US degrees are awarded by Hult International Business School and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). All UK degrees are awarded by the Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust known as ‘Ashridge’. From 2016-2017, all Hult U.K. degrees will be awarded by Ashridge, subject to final Ashridge academic validation as per standard U.K. requirements. 

Learn more about Hult

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