BPP Education Group announces the acquisition of Acsenda School of Management

BPP Education Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of professionally focussed education and one of the largest privately owned higher education institutions in Europe, has further expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Acsenda School of Management, based in Vancouver. Acsenda School of Management, established in 2004, is one of Canada’s highly acclaimed institutions for management studies, offering competitive undergraduate degrees in both business administration and hospitality management. It delivers high quality programs to international students from over 40 different countries. Ascenda prepares students for the international business climate, by prioritising the global job market. By joining BPP Education Group, Acsenda School of Management will continue to deliver and develop excellent programs, with quality of delivery continuing to be a prime focus. The partnership with BPP Education Group will allow Acsenda School of Management the ability to expand its offering to serve the changing demands of both the growing domestic and international business environment. The acquisition of Acsenda School of Management will help to facilitate BPP Education Group’s growth strategy of expanding into other geographies, including Canada, facilitated by the acquisition of quality institutions. BPP Education Group conducted an extensive search for existing institutions and found Acsenda’s vision, mission and approach to education closely aligned with that of BPP Education Group. This links to BPP Education Group’s future growth strategy which, with the backing from their sponsor TDR Capital, looks to expand its portfolio and geographical reach with the strategic acquisition of relevant education businesses. Graham Gaddes, BPP CEO, commented,“Acsenda’s long history of providing high quality education to international students in Vancouver is impressive. This acquisition marks an important milestone into BPP Education Group’s internationalisation, particularly in Vancouver, which is a desirable location for many international students. We have been impressed by Acsenda’s people and culture, which has a close alignment to that of BPP. The acquisition will support Acsenda’s plans of providing a broader range of products, to support the domestic and international economy. We have admired what Acsenda have achieved to date and look forward to welcoming the Acsenda team to the BPP Education Group.” Dr Neil Mort, Acsenda’s President, said: We are excited about this new opportunity to work with BPP Education Group. The alignment between our organizational cultures, vision, and mission is remarkably strong, making this partnership a natural fit. We are confident that this collaboration will enhance the academic environment in British Columbia, providing more robust opportunities and resources for our students and staff. About BPP Education Group BPP Education Group provides education and training in law, business, finance, accountancy, banking, technology, data and healthcare, both through relationships with corporates and directly to consumers across test preparation, university, apprenticeship, and professional development. Established for over 48 years, its education is delivered to be as real-world, relevant, and innovative as possible. Press enquiries for BPP Education Group: Grace James, PHA Group +44 (0) 7821 541973

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ASM Bachelor of Hospitality Management Showcasing Innovation

Acsenda’s BHM Students Academic Poster Case Competition The Bachelor of Hospitality Management (BHM) program at Acsenda School of Management recently held an exciting academic poster case competition that brought together the brightest minds in the program. The event took place on Thursday, June 20th, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM in the Acsenda Library and featured six groups of students from the BHMT 402 course, Creating Value in the Hospitality Industry. Real-World Inspiration and Challenges Participants showcased newly developed conceptual frameworks inspired by the operational challenges they encounter in their current roles at various hospitality businesses, including Botanist Restaurant, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Marriott Pinnacle Hotel, Time Square Hotel, Tap & Barrel Restaurant, and Vancouver Aquarium. Comprehensive Evaluation by Industry Experts To ensure a fair and comprehensive evaluation, the competition invited all administrative staff from the Acsenda School of Management as well as external judges from institutions such as JW Marriott, Vancouver Community College (VCC), and Western Community College (WCC). Their task was to assess each group’s innovative solutions based on a set of criteria and vote for the winning team. Celebrating Excellence: The Winning Team The highlight of the event was the announcement of the winning group: Anjaan Shrestha, Christine Joy Vecina, Manvir Singh, and Srijan Karki. This talented team impressed the judges with their conceptual framework aimed at increasing front desk operations and efficiency at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Their practical insights earned them the top spot in the competition. Chat with us Today! INTERNATIONAL THINKING. INDIVIDUAL FOCUS

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ASM-Fostering Sustainable Behavior

Fostering Sustainable Behavior: Insights from Gulcimen Yurtsever’s Approach at Acsenda Promoting sustainable behavior is a complex challenge, particularly in a world where convenience often overshadows environmental considerations. Gulcimen Yurtsever , a dedicated professor at Acsenda School of Management, has been at the forefront of integrating sustainability into education. With over 15 years of experience in teaching and practicing sustainability, her innovative methods are helping shape a new generation of environmentally conscious leaders. Innovative Sustainability Education At Acsenda, Yurtsever has developed a holistic approach to sustainability education that goes beyond the classroom. This year, she organized a series of 18 debates for her students, focusing on sustainable behaviors and ecological consciousness. These debates were not mere academic exercises; they provided a platform for students to propose and commit to tangible environmental actions. One of the key outcomes of these debates was a collective decision among students to each abandon a behavior harmful to the environment. This commitment was more than theoretical —it required students to actively work on reducing their environmental footprint. Their initiatives included cutting down on single-use plastics, adopting public transportation, and minimizing waste, reflecting a deepening understanding of the significant impact of individual actions on the environment. Hands-On Learning: Real-World Environmental Engagement Yurtsever complements her classroom discussions with practical, hands-on activities such as tree planting and beach clean-ups. These activities allow students to see the direct impact of their efforts on the environment. For instance, planting trees provides insight into carbon sequestration, while beach clean-ups highlight the effects of pollution on marine ecosystems. These experiences are not just beneficial for the environment—they also play a crucial role in developing soft skills among students. Activities like these foster teamwork, leadership, and a sense of community. They provide students with real-world contexts in which to apply their learning, enhancing their understanding of environmental stewardship. Stoicism and Sustainability: A Philosophical Approach Yurtsever’s unique integration of Stoicism into her teaching has proven to be a powerful tool in fostering sustainable behavior. By exploring the principles of Stoicism, students learn to focus on what they can control in their daily lives and how they can influence their environment positively. This philosophical grounding helps them to distinguish between what they can change and what they cannot, encouraging a proactive approach to sustainability. In practice, this meant that after learning about Stoicism, students decided to eliminate disposable plastic containers from their classroom. This decision exemplifies how philosophical insights can translate into practical, sustainable actions. Benefits of Sustainability Initiatives for Students Engaging in sustainability initiatives offers numerous benefits beyond environmental impact. Students develop essential soft skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication. Participating in debates enhances their ability to articulate their views and collaborate on solutions, while hands-on activities foster a sense of community and shared purpose. Moreover, these experiences prepare students for a workforce that increasingly values sustainability and corporate social responsibility. They gain a deeper understanding of their role in promoting environmental stewardship and are equipped with the skills to contribute meaningfully to a sustainable future. A Milestone in Education Reflecting on these initiatives, Yurtsever expresses pride in what her students have achieved. Developing a new teaching strategy was a challenging endeavor, but the incremental approach led to significant progress. The commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by her students are a testament to the effectiveness of her methods. Get Involved: Join Us in Making a Difference We invite all students at Acsenda to participate in our sustainability initiatives. Whether through engaging in debates, volunteering for environmental activities, or applying Stoic principles in daily life, there are countless ways to contribute to a more sustainable future. Together, we can continue to make significant strides towards environmental protection and foster a community dedicated to positive change. 💚 #SustainabilityEducation #EcologyAndStoicism #StudentVolunteers #AcsendaSchoolOfManagement #SoftSkillsDevelopment #EnvironmentalAwareness

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Walk of Ages: A Successful Step for Seniors!

We’re delighted to share the success of the inaugural Walk of Ages, held on June 9, 2024. Organized by the Seniors Services Society of BC, this event was a meaningful gathering focused on raising awareness and funds for seniors facing challenges such as poverty, homelessness, elder abuse, and isolation. Walking Together for a Cause Participants gathered at the scenic New Westminster Quay, creating a vibrant and unified front to support our seniors. Walkers of all ages came together, each step symbolizing a commitment to making a difference in the lives of elderly community members. The event saw enthusiastic participation from Acsenda School of Management students, who volunteered their time to assist in various roles, from setup to guiding participants. Their involvement was key to the event’s smooth operation, and their efforts were both appreciated and inspiring. Support Along the Way Rest stops, hosted by the New Westminster Community Response Network (CRN), Bria Communities, and BC Housing, provided refreshing breaks for the walkers. These stops were more than just places to rest—they were hubs of encouragement where participants could hydrate, recharge, and receive support from volunteers. A Community Feast After the walk, everyone was treated to a delicious continental breakfast served by the New Westminster Legion Branch #2. It was a chance for participants and volunteers to relax, share their experiences, and enjoy a meal together. This communal breakfast added a sense of celebration to the morning’s efforts. Learning and Fun The Fraser River Discovery Centre contributed to the event’s success by organizing engaging activities for attendees. These activities provided a blend of fun and education, enriching the experience for participants of all ages. They offered a perfect opportunity for everyone to learn more about the local environment while enjoying themselves. Gratitude and Acknowledgments We extend our heartfelt thanks to Mercedes Wong, Alison Silgardo, and Paul Campbell for inviting Acsenda students to participate. Your support was crucial in making this event a success. Join Us Next Time Volunteering at events like the Walk of Ages is a wonderful way to give back to the community while gaining valuable experience. For students, it’s an opportunity to develop important skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. We encourage all Acsenda students to get involved in future events to make a positive impact and build connections. To stay informed about upcoming volunteering opportunities and to learn more about the Seniors Services Society of BC, please visit Seniors Services Society of BC. Supporting Adults 60+ in the Lower MainlandSenior Services Society provides local and provincial programs and services to support vulnerable older adults in BC to live as independently as possible. Highlights 💬 Share Your Experience If you participated or volunteered, we’d love to hear about your experience. Share your story with us to inspire others and help build a stronger, more connected community. Together, we walked to support our seniors and made significant strides towards a more compassionate future. Let’s continue to work together, one step at a time. #WalkOfAges #SupportSeniors #CommunityUnity #VolunteerExperience #AcsendaVolunteers

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Fostering Creativity: Real-World Application of Marketing Students

In our marketing programs at ASM, theory isn’t just taught; it’s applied. We believe in immersing our students in real-world scenarios to provide them with practical knowledge that goes beyond textbooks. One recent example that perfectly illustrates this approach is the Marketing Communication poster exhibition. During this event, students from the Marketing Communications Subject showcased their analytical skills by applying them to real advertisements from various industries. This hands-on experience allowed them to bridge the gap between theory and practice, gaining invaluable insights into advertising, consumer behavior, design concepts, and communication strategies. The poster display served as a dynamic platform for students to demonstrate their creativity and learning progress. It was a celebration of their dedication and talent, fostering pride and motivation within our academic community. More than just a showcase of creativity, this event provided students with a tangible opportunity to unravel the essence of effective advertising. It encouraged them to tap into their creative reservoirs, exploring diverse techniques and approaches to challenge conventional advertising norms. With the guidance of dedicated individuals like Professor Pedro Escalon and Student Brand Ambassador Ricardo Vidal, we are committed to amplifying the voices of all our students and making a meaningful impact on their career journeys. By providing opportunities for real-world application, we equip our students with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in the ever-evolving field of marketing. At ASM, we believe that learning extends far beyond the classroom walls. Our marketing students are not just learners; they are creators, innovators, and future leaders in the marketing industry. Join us in celebrating their achievements and embracing the power of real-world application in education. Together, let’s foster creativity and inspire greatness.

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Acsenda Celebrates Impactful Weekend at BC TEAL 55th Annual Conference!

This past weekend, Acsenda School of Management proudly participated in the BC TEAL 55th Annual Conference, and what a weekend it was! Under the expert guidance of Garima Yadav, our English Language Center Manager, alongside a dedicated team of volunteers, comprised of alumni, senior and new students, and staff, we experienced a weekend filled with impact and connection. Our volunteers truly shone with their exceptional contributions, each one showcasing their talent and unwavering commitment. From seamlessly navigating the venue to providing technical support and beyond, their efforts left a lasting impression on all attendees. It’s their dedication that helped make this event a resounding success. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every volunteer who dedicated their time and energy to this event: Nanette Seneres, Ph.D., Ruth Flavier, CPHR, Beatriz Cerecedo, Arman David, Alexandra Marla Tipay, Alyssa Maurine Berona, M.Arch, Jessa Marie Cantillas, and Naden Belina. Your contributions did not go unnoticed, and we are incredibly grateful for your hard work. Special recognition is also due to Garima Yadav and Nicolas Wang for their outstanding leadership and support in making this event a reality. Your guidance was invaluable and greatly appreciated. One of the event’s highlights was undoubtedly the opportunity for our students to meet Steve Marshall, the esteemed author of their ENGL101 & ENGL102 textbooks. This encounter created an unforgettable experience and further enriched their learning journey. To all our volunteers who will be receiving a certificate of participation from BC TEAL, congratulations on this well-deserved recognition. Your dedication and commitment to excellence are truly commendable. As we reflect on this weekend of impact and connection, we are reminded of the power of collaboration and community. Thank you to everyone involved for your contributions, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference together. Here’s to many more memorable experiences ahead! Chat with us Today! INTERNATIONAL THINKING. INDIVIDUAL FOCUS

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