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Saïd Business School was founded in 1996, and since then has become one of the highest ranking business schools in the world with a reputation for entrepreneurship and innovative business education. The history of business at Oxford dates back to 1965 when the Oxford Centre for Management Studies, later Templeton College and now Green-Templeton College, was founded.

In 1988, a committee chaired by Sir Claus Moser recommended that the University create a new School of Management Studies and in 1990 the University passed a resolution establishing the School. The first Director was Dr Clark Brundin who had previously been Vice-Chancellor of Warwick University and he, together with a number of newly appointed faculty and staff members, including the first professor, Colin Mayer, helped to establish the embryonic School.

A joint undergraduate degree in economics and management was launched in 1994 and in 1996 Saïd Business School opened its doors to its first MBA students in the Radcliffe Infirmary while it was still a fully operating hospital in the centre of Oxford.

Today we have two sites: Park End Street and Egrove Park.

Our city centre, Park End Street building was constructed on the site of the Oxford Rewley Road Railway Station (pictured above). It opened in 2001 as the result of a £23 million benefaction from businessman and philanthropist Wafic Saïd. More recently, a new wing of the school was opened in late 2012.

The state-of-art design of Park End Street is the work of leading architects, Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones, also responsible for the Royal Opera House in London. While modern in materials and approach, the design draws upon academic tradition, with a classical outdoor amphitheatre, columns and cloisters, oak-panelled, horseshoe style lecture theatres, two large outdoor garden spaces, and a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Oxford dreaming spires.

Our Egrove Park campus is set in beautiful parkland and is used for Executive Education. Built in 1967, in a modernist style, the campus has a combination of teaching, conference, residential, and recreational spaces.

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