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First place on Earth: Pay with your finger at Spisestuerne

Forgot your Dankort, or has your phone run out of batteries? Doesn’t matter. At Spisestuerne, it is now possible to pay with your finger using Fingopay. A scanner with an infrared light maps the unique pattern of your veins in the finger, which is then connected to your Dankort. CBS will be the first place in the world using Fingopay in a self-service environment.

Lockout: Will my exam get cancelled?

The possible lockout has generated a lot of questions in regards to the students at CBS. Now, a Q&A has been made answering questions such as: Can I take my exam? Can I hand in assignments, projects, and theses? And will CBS' buildings be open throughout the lockout period?

New dean of education: “Expect a lot of questions”

50 percent of the jobs in 50 years are unknown to us as of yet. How do we prepare for that? This is one of the questions that Gregor Halff, the new dean of education at CBS, seeks to answer along with a lot of other questions in the coming future. CBS WIRE paid the new dean a visit to talk about the future and what the students and staff can expect. Read also, about how Gregor Halff wants to keep an eye on the study environment, which is currently making the students feel stressed out and anxious.

CBS is getting a strategy for sustainability

The future of CBS is about to look greener. The Green Network, consisting of professionals, experts, and students from CBS, has received a green light from the senior management to draft a sustainability strategy for CBS. The first initiatives will be ready in 2019, and you can participate by sharing ideas that would make CBS more sustainable.

Merging, fusion, reorganization? Eight CBS departments are facing restructuring

More than half of the existing departments at CBS will be affected when the number of departments will be reduced from 14 to 10 or 11. The idea is to strengthen research and teaching, explains Søren Hvidkjær, the dean of research at CBS, who underlines that no one will be laid off. Keld Laursen, member of the Academic Council, and Ole Helmersen, a representative of the researchers at CBS, emphasize the importance of listening to the affected employees’ wishes and concerns regarding the future of their departments.

Lockout?

There are many questions, but not a lot of answers. A lockout is threatening staff members and students, and HR is trying their best to give you an idea of what exactly will happen when you are subject to a lockout. For example, you cannot take your work computer home, but CBS is not going to ask you to hand it in. Then there are the questions about people who are employed outside of Denmark’s borders. What about them?

CBS launches a campaign against sexual harassment for students

Danish universities have recently been incisively criticized by students for not taking inquiries about sexual harassment seriously. The latest incident was an open letter written by 48 students, some of whom are from CBS. The President of CBS Students is certain that the issue is much bigger than first estimated. CBS has appointed three employees to help students who have experienced harassment and made it clear that CBS has zero tolerance towards the issue.

The gum busters

CBS students, Silas Storgaard and Dylan Bastved, have found an eco-friendly and cheap way to remove the ubiquitous gum leftovers from highways and byways. However, people are hesitant to take up the solution. Jakob Fals Nygaard from Campus Services at CBS calls the gum-issue an “under prioritized problem.”

Can I kiss you?

Real stories about romantic love, dating, affairs, and sexual harassment taking place in the academic work environment shall help us talk more freely about how they shape our daily lives at work. This is the aim of the new handbook ‘The Beauty and the Abuse’, which Ana Maria Munar, co-author and Associate Professor at CBS, sees as complementary to the #MeToo-campaign.

You can help Spisestuerne prevent food waste

Instead of letting the food from the five canteens at CBS go to waste, you can fill a box for DKK 15. Although the new initiative is facing some challenges, it’s “here to stay,” says the Director of Spisestuerne.

New national funding system for education is “opaque” and “complex”

CBS got off cheap after a new national funding system affecting all higher education institutions has been announced. The new system will not cause a deficit in CBS’ budget, but it will not solve some of the financial challenges that CBS is facing. The University Director and the President of CBS Students describe the new system as “opaque” and “complex”.

IT Support’s Christmas Wishes: No paper jams and a telephone-robot

If you had unlimited resources and access to technology that has not even been invented yet, what would you then want for Christmas? Maybe a flying car or a machine to record your dreams and play it as a movie. At IT Support, they want something as simple as a printer that is paper jam proof and a telephone-robot that could redirect the users who are in need of help.

Professor: ”It is incredibly anxiety-provoking”

Mitchell Dean, Professor at CBS, has served as an external examiner and has held a Ph.D. course outside of CBS. This has resulted in a delay of his work permit and his partner’s work permit application was put on hold, as sideline activities are a violation of Danish rules. Now he’s waiting for a final answer as to whether he will be fined. CBS WIRE has talked to The Minister of Higher Education and Science, who says that the problems the rules have caused is “a stupid case.”

Sustainability: Is CBS talking the talk but not walking the walk?

CBS has a copious amount of researchers that are specialists in CSR and sustainable management, and the students are, from day one, told and taught to act responsibly. But CBS does not have an overall strategy about how to be a sustainable university. We asked the University Director why. Staff members working with sustainability and CSR argue that CBS can do much more, and should if they do not want to be blamed for greenwashing.

Hey teacher, what kind of a dancer are you?

“Don’t just take up the same waltz as others, create your own dance,” says Mark Brown, professor in digital learning, Dublin City University, Ireland. He encourages the initiators at CBS to remember that blended isn’t just a big idea in itself, rather, it should serve big ideas in students when they kick off their new five-year blended learning project.

CBS fires employees due to missing out on grants

3-5 employees from Facility Management and Campus Development are getting fired due to grants not received. “Very unfortunate,” says the Campus Director. Furthermore, the two departments are being merged on the 1st of October. A member of the coordination committee argues that the process leading to the fusion will give rise to mistrust towards CBS management. The employee representative says that the job cuts could have been avoided.