London Business School, crowned by Forbes earlier this week as the top two year, non-US MBA program, has just announced the official opening of its new, state-of-the-art teaching hub housed within an iconic London building, the Old Marylebone Town Hall.
The new building, named Sammy Ofer Centre in honor of the late Sammy Ofer KBE, a celebrated entrepreneur and philanthropist, will increase the teaching space at LBS by 70% with its 37 seminar rooms, six lecture theaters, library and multiple breakout areas.
London Business School’s significant fundraising campaign, which garnered more than £125 million, made the development of the Sammy Ofer Centre possible. The school’s fundraising program was substantially supported with a £25 million donation from the Idan and Batia Ofer Family Foundation in 2013—the largest gift ever received by the school.
“I am confident that this wonderful new building will ensure the School is fully equipped to serve the next generation of students and to remain at the front rank of business education worldwide,” said Idan Ofer, himself an alumnus of HBS. “My father, who left school when he was only 14, was a great believer in the value of education, and in the duty of each generation of leaders to educate the next. I am sure he would be very proud to have his name associated in this way with the future success of this great institution.”