"A real jewel in Cass's Crown"
Lord Mayor of London opens Cass's new executive home
"I am delighted to be with you … to celebrate these fantastic new facilities: a real jewel in Cass's Crown - and Cass itself is a jewel in the Crown of the City's high quality, globally respected offer in education and training."
With these words The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London, and Chancellor of City University London, Fiona Woolf CBE, commenced the speeches at the official opening of Cass's new executive premises.
The new campus is home to Cass's Executive Education, Executive MBA programme and Cass Consulting team.
Based on the second floor of 200 Aldersgate Street, it is one of the largest Executive Education facilities in the Square Mile.
The building features a 90-seater lecture theatre and four 40-seater classrooms, one of which has a translation booth allowing delegates to listen to real-time lectures in their own language. It also houses 14 syndicate rooms, a boardroom, cafeteria and social space.
Rob Woodward, City's Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council told the assembled guests:
"Investing significantly in our estate and our academic staff and infrastructure is a major commitment of the University's Strategic Plan. Since we approved it early in 2012, we have recruited over 140 excellent academics and completed several significant projects of which 200 Aldersgate is a fine example…It is a powerful symbol of our aspiration to be a leading global university, ranked among the top 2% in the world."
Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City said: "This new facility for Cass Business School … will enable us to continue to attract and retain the most able staff and students and provide a suitable environment for our many partners from the world of business and the professions."
Cass's Dean Professor Steven Haberman closed the speeches saying: "I want to take this opportunity to thank the University and the Council for their support and faith in us in agreeing the funding for this wonderful space.
"We hope the mix of learning and flexible networking spaces will help foster the innovative thinking and collaboration we require of our executive students and our executive education delegates."
Following the speeches, guests applauded as Woolf pulled a curtain cord to reveal a plaque marking the opening.