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Hooray: 50 years of student influence

The student rebellion of 1968 paved the way for student influence at CBS. But now an increased centralization of power can threaten the students’ say on things, according to the President of CBS Students. The opinions and influence of students “ensures the highest possible standards for education,” he argues.

Danish leadership brought Nattana to CBS – with a little help from Waldemar

In Thailand, Nattana Utoomprurkporn is the heir of her father’s business. But before she takes over, she wants to find out how Danes run companies. She has just received the first CBS MBA scholarship awarded by the former CEO of ISS, Waldemar Schmidt, who had a few pieces of advice for the new MBA student.

CBS continues close collaborations with Danske Bank – is that responsible?

Danske Bank has failed as a model to CBS' students, says the President of CBS. Still, CBS continues to collaborate with the company that has laundered several billion DKK. A CBS professor argues that as long as CBS collaborates with Danske Bank, it is implicitly condoning the bank’s actions, which means that CBS is missing out on a “colossal chance” to teach students an important lesson in CSR.

Minister confronts grade-race and perfectionist culture in his vision for universities

Remove the 1.08-grade bonus and change the admission system. These proposals are part of a new initiative that Tommy Ahlers, Denmark’s Minister for Higher Education and Science, presented at CBS on September 17. Overall, the President of CBS Students is positive about the initiative, but the minister cannot change the students’ focus on grades alone, he says.

Minister wants to strengthen students’ digital competencies

“Digital technologies will change the way we work,” says Tommy Ahlers, Denmark’s Minister for Higher Education and Science. Therefore, he has called on all universities to exchange best practice on using digital technologies in teaching and how they pass on digital competencies to students.

Can Trump affect the number of 1. priority applications for bachelor programs? Maybe…

The BSc in International Business in Asia has received 76 percent more first priority applications compared to last year. President Donald Trump, the fact that the degree is taken at two universities, and better promotion might have something to do with it, explains Verner Worm, member of the study board. Also, read why it is not necessarily a bad thing when the number of 1. Priority applicants decreases.

The government is cutting the number of international study places and CBS is in the front line

Two out of three international students have left Denmark two years after they graduated. As a response the government is cutting 1,000 to 1,200 international study places. The Dean of Education at CBS says that the number of international students that leave are “unexpectedly high” and that CBS' share of the reduction will be about 1/3. The President of CBS Students calls the initiative “tokenism” and “problematic”.

Feedback: From worst in class to lots of initiatives

CBS is worst in class when it comes to giving sufficient feedback to the students. To make up for this, a pilot project with the aim of giving selected students more feedback, in the form of quizzes, click tests, and Q&A sessions, has been running for the past year. A professor of feedback asks that CBS remembers to look at feedback in a broader sense.

Tommy Ahlers: Failing is an excellent way to learn

How do universities stay attractive? How do they educate business students for the 21st century? Tommy Ahlers, the Minster for Higher Education and Science, Gregor Halff, the Dean of Education at CBS, Anita Monty, Learning Consultant at CBS, and Barbara Sporn, Professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business, offer their insights.

Lise Kingo: Our lives must become more conscious

We are facing the biggest transformation of mankind if we want to meet the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals by 2030, points out Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of United National Global Compact and CBS’ newest distinguished alumna.

Grade-free classes: Tackling a stressful performance culture

All new students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration and Psychology will not be given any grades during the first year of their bachelor’s degree. They will be given a lot more feedback instead. The three-year project is an attempt to limit the pressure and stress that students experience from having to perform well.

A CBS bachelor that even Mark Zuckerberg can learn from

In the wake of the Facebook scandal and the recent hearings involving one of the greatest IT geniuses of our time, CBS’ new bachelor program, BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management, has grown in significance. Through this program, students will have the chance to learn from Mark Zuckerberg’s biggest mistakes and why there are serious dangers involved in “moving fast and breaking things”.

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.

New international troika investigates internationalization at CBS

When politicians and stakeholders start to ask questions about the necessity of internationalization, CBS has to be prepared to answer. Martin Jes Iversen, Dana Minbaeva, and Tom Dahl-Østergaard make up CBS’ new international troika, and they going to be the ones who find those answers. This spring, they will investigate CBS and its stakeholders’ opinions on internationalization, and the value of exchange programs.

Should there be case solving in the curricula?

Week 9 is upon us. Two CBS students, Jeppe Tranekær and Mathias Bohn, who are heavily involved in the case competition, Janie Huus Tange, Head of Business Relations and Career Services, and the co-founder of Qvartz, Hans Henrik Beck, all agree that case solving skills are indispensable, and should extend far beyond week 9. What do you think?

Professor: We need to teach kindergarteners about sustainability

If we want to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable society, we need to start with the kindergarteners. Education and teaching in sustainability is the prerequisite to finding the solutions to the problems our planet is facing, argues Professor Donald Huisingh from the University of Tennessee. The solutions could include better design of the systems and machines that surround us.

They close a gap in sustainable teaching

Teaching material on sustainable business models is a scarcity. But CBS wants to change that together with the Norwegian School of Economics and the Spanish ESADE Business & Law School, as they are planning to launch an open source and online educational material about sustainable business models in 2019.

CBS students demand more teaching in sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just a trend that’s about to pass. Teachers are experiencing that students demand to be taught more about sustainability. Two students from OIKOS think that CBS needs to introduce more mandatory courses in sustainability if it wants to be in tune with the future of businesses and consumer behavior.

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