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CBS goes to Bornholm

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.

CBS wants to turn down the tobacco industry

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.

Do you know the penguin and the cocktail shaker? You should!

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.

CBS has to save DKK 20 million on TAP-staff

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.

In search of the ideal president

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.

How can CBS close the enormous gender gap?

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.”

She speculated in whiskey and currencies to afford her MBA

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.

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”.