The London School of Commerce Group is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Dr Lucy Lu as Provost and Global Academic Director at London School of Commerce (LSC) London. Reporting to the Founder and CEO, Mr Tim Andradi, she will be responsible for the design, development and implementation of the global academic strategy which drives the organisation in improving its institutional effectiveness and efficiency. In this role, Lucy will also be leading innovative and entrepreneurial approaches across the Group’s academic portfolio to ensure academic quality, and achieve not only a strong global reputation but also marketing position across all campuses.

Speaking of what attracted her to the role, Lucy says, “The vision of LSC, which is to provide high quality and affordable education to those who have passion and commitment to change in their life and career, attracted me to join in this organisation. More importantly, I was attracted by the entrepreneurial spirit of Mr Andradi, who has created the LSC legacy through his passion for education, entrepreneurship, impact and change in the last 20 years. In the fast-changing global education environment, the key for any education institutional organisation to survive and indeed sustain in the long term lies in the capability of adapting to market demand and managing change. I believe this is what has contributed to the success of LSC and will continue form an essential part of the DNA for LSC Group to further enhance its global footprint”.

Her passion in global higher education management and transnational education practice is that the vision and mission of the organisation are delivered through coordinated efforts and shared governance, the triple-helix approach of university-government-industry partnership and the integration of western management with eastern philosophy. What you aim to achieve in this role/what are your plans

This is a key appointment and Lucy will play a pivotal part in supporting the Group take the LSC legacy forward to achieve sustainable success in the global higher education market. “To achieve this, I will be leading the design, development and effective implementation of the LSC Group academic strategy.” Elaborating further, she explains that the Group needs “to ensure we continue to develop innovative programmes that not only meet market demands but also maintain our core values that are quality-focused, student-centred, entrepreneurial-driven and global connected”.

Lucy has more than 18 years of experiences of teaching, research and management in global higher education and has held several senior academic leadership and international development roles at Newcastle University, Plymouth University and Northumbria University in the UK. Lucy holds a BA (Hons) from Northumbria University, and an MBA and a DBA from Newcastle University in the UK. Prior to coming to the UK, she worked as a senior manager at Euro-Info Centre in Henan Province, China in facilitating the establishment of joint-ventures of SMEs between China and Europe.

Lucy was born in the city of Zhengzhou which is the capital of the Henen Province in China. Speakinga little about her background, Lucy says, “My mother was a midwife and my father worked in a railway company. When I was young, my dream was to become either a medical doctor or a teacher as my passion is to work with people. Although I did not become a medical doctor, I did achieve my dream to become a Doctor in Higher Education. I am very proud of my profession as I fully agree with the famous quote by Nelson Mandela that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’”.

Prior to the current role, Lucy was Associate Dean, Global Engagement in the Faculty of Management at Bournemouth University, UK. Lucy’s main research area lies in the inter-disciplinary research on innovation management, including triple-helix model innovation, entrepreneurial education in global higher education, east and west management, health innovation, and innovation in the culture industry. Lucy has been the General Conference Chair of the China Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT) since 2008 and has successfully organised seven CAMOT International Conferences globally. She has published in international peer-reviewed journals and is the founding editor of the Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China. She is Associate Editor of International Journal of Innovation Studies and the Editor of the Special Issue of Tsinghua Management Review. Lucy holds Visiting Professorships from Henan University, Beijing International Study University, Sias International University and Tongji University in China.