EF Education First Founder Bertil Hult Receives Lucia Trade Award
Swedish Entrepreneur Recognized for Breaking Down Barriers to Free Trade with
NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012
NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EF Education First (EF), an
international education company with North American headquarters in Cambridge,
Mass., today announced that Founder Bertil Hult has received the Lucia Trade
Award from the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (SACC New York).
SACC New York presents the annual Lucia Trade Award to an individual who has
significantly contributed to fostering free trade globally as well as between
Sweden and the United States of America.
Named for Sweden's patron saint, St. Lucia, the Lucia Trade Award symbolizes
light, hope and peace – values that SACC New York leaders believe are
perpetuated through trade. Previous recipients include H.M. King Carl VXI
Gustaf, Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, Michael Treschow of Ericsson and
Unilever, Jeffrey Kindler of Pfizer, and Ingvar Kamprad of IKEA. The first
recipient was President Ronald Reagan.
"Bertil Hult is an excellent addition to the distinguished list of Lucia Trade
Award recipients," said Frederick Johansson, Chairman of SACC New York. "He
has had an exemplary entrepreneurial career, devoted significant time to
charitable endeavors, and pioneered the educational and language school
industry. We are delighted he is this year's recipient."
In 1965, when he was a university student in Sweden, Hult took 400 Swedish
high school students to England during their summer vacation to learn English.
Hult's 'learn by doing' approach quickly grew to become EF Education First,
which has helped millions of students become citizens of the world through
cultural exchanges, language training, educational travel, and degree
"EF started as the most basic form of free trade – a trade of ideas, language
and culture," said Hult. "For the past 48 years, this focus has enabled our
customers around the world to become global citizens and embark on travels,
studies and careers that may not have otherwise been possible. Educational
opportunities and free trade are the foundations to the development of stable,
peaceful and economically prosperous societies, which is why I am honored to
receive the 2012 Lucia Trade Award."
Today, EF employs 34,000 in more than 400 offices and schools in 55 countries.
EF's online language learning platform, Englishtown, is the world's largest
online English language school. Additionally, the Hult International Business
School has campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai, and
rotation centers in New York City and São Paulo. The School offers a range of
business-focused programs including MBA, Executive MBA, Master and Bachelor
degrees. Hult's one-year MBA program is ranked first in Post-Graduate Salary
Increase by The Economist as well as first in International Experience by the
Bertil Hult and his family are also sponsors of the Hult Prize, formerly the
Hult Global Case Challenge, which brings teams of bright students from all
over the world together to generate solutions to the world's most pressing
problems, such as clean water, hunger and housing. Since its inception in
2010, this project has allowed students from competing cultures to find common
ground around important global issues. The finalists compete at the Clinton
Global Initiative and the winner receives an accelerator grant to implement
About EF Education First
With millions of students worldwide, EF specializes in language schools,
academic degrees, educational travel and cultural exchange. EF recently
published the English Proficiency Index (www.ef.com/epi), which measures the
English ability of adults in different countries across the world. For more
information, please visitwww.ef.com.
About SACC New York
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (SACC New York) is a private
membership organization in New York. Founded in 1906, it is one of the largest
Swedish Chamber of Commerce outside of Sweden, with thousands of
member-companies and individuals, representing every major industry. As the
first and leading Swedish-American Chamber, SACC New York provides a vast
array of services aimed at promoting and advancing business relations between
the U.S. and Sweden.
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