OU Vice Chancellor given Government Business Ambassador role

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The Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Martin Bean, has been appointed as a Business Ambassador by the UK Government.

He has been the Vice-Chancellor of the UK’s largest university since 2009. In that time he has been invited to join the Prime Minister on several overseas trade delegations, the latest being to China in December last year. His appointment as a Business Ambassador means he will have a role in promoting the UK abroad and raising the country’s reputation as a place to do business.

He said: “I am proud that The Open University enables students from all walks of life to realise their potential. UK Higher Education is the best in the world and is worth over £11bn to our economy. This appointment is not only an honour, but a great opportunity for me to show the world what UK Higher education can do to transform lives, drive innovation and build the workforce of today and tomorrow.”

The announcement was made as the Government outlined a new initiative to encourage companies to bring production back to the UK.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Livingston said: “Exports to high-growth markets like China, India and Brazil are at all-time highs and the UK is the number one destination for foreign investment in Europe. However there is still more to do to.

“This means more support for medium-sized and small companies looking to export, more determination to attract industry from around the world to our shores and a resolve to make sure that British firms benefit from trade deals that are being negotiated.”