UPDATE: The Fingopay scanners have been turned on again, while the collaborators, Spisestuerne, Nets, and Fingopay, are negotiating whether to continue the project. Kim Frølund, IT responsible at Spisestuerne, hopes that the negotiations will fall into place during the coming weeks.
During the summer holidays, a solar shading panel broke and fell out of the steel frame near the southern façade of Solbjerg Plads. Something that should not be possible. The unusually hot weather seems to have caused the problem, and this can have consequences for the semester start if the panels are not fixed on time.
After last year’s success, CBS is turning up the volume a notch for this year’s Copenhagen Pride Parade. A bigger truck, the DJ That Fucking Sara, and more t-shirts have been ordered. Both the Dean of Education and a co-organizer of CBS’ participation underline the importance of CBS’ presence at the Pride.
At the metal festival, Copenhell, more than 23,000 people joined to enjoy a type of music which has other people wrinkling their noses, covering their ears, and asking whether you worship Satan. CBS WIRE met with three people from CBS to ask why they went to ‘hell’.
Folkemødet is a bit like Roskilde Festival. More than 100,000 people – including students and staff from CBS - visit the festival on Bornholm to engage in debates, events, and celebrate democracy. Watch the films and hear what the President of CBS, students, researchers, and staff from CBS got out of Folkemødet.
The Senior Management at CBS recommends a policy where CBS does not accept any kind of funding directly from tobacco companies. If the policy is decided on, it may result in a stop of the sale of tobacco on CBS’ campus. But that is up for discussion. The Senior Management will make the final decision in the Autumn, and it can potentially make CBS a frontrunner among other Danish universities.
Two minutes with an exercise band is all it takes to relieve your body of pain and discomfort, claims physiotherapist Søren Hald. He came to CBS with an arsenal of exercise bands to show the employees how easy it is to better their physical condition.
Employee representatives at CBS are worried that their staff members will be overburdened in the future, and they cannot see where or how to save DKK 20 million. The University Director argues that 3½ years is enough time for reaching their savings goal, and that Senior Management does not have job cuts on their agenda.
When writing the job description for the new president of CBS, we need to be aware of stereotypical assumptions and unnecessary requirements, says a leading expert on diversity and inclusion at CBS. Also, CBS WIRE asked eight groups of employees at CBS what they are looking for in a new president.
Eight CBS departments are facing a large reorganization as 14 departments are cut down to 11. So far, some welcome the changes while others voice their criticism. CBS WIRE asked a professor what CBS can learn from her research on merger processes.
80 percent of the professors at CBS are men and it has not changed since 1999. How is this going to change? Members of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is currently visiting all of the 14 departments to talk about why diversity matters, because as one of the members, Alex Klinge, puts it, “You cannot be, what you cannot see.”
The Soviet Union had collapsed, Kazakhstan had become independent, and Dana Minbaeva was 23 years old and in possession of a useless degree in mining engineering. She had to do something drastic. Today, she is a professor and the Vice President of International Affairs at CBS.
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.
The hunt for CBS’ new president has begun. Per Holten-Andersen has just announced that he is resigning in January 2019, one year earlier than planned.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.