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Fake news fighter: Nation sponsored disinformation worries me

The EU Commission has appointed CBS Professor, Ravi Vatrapu, along with four other global experts to advise on a code of practice plan on how to stop the spreading of fake news and disinformation. Ravi Vatrapu is confident about the future, but nation-state sponsored disinformation on social media worries him.

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.

The sounds of witches

Witch-hunting is part of Denmark’s dark heritage, and it is a story about the silencing of a group of people. Associate Professors from CBS, Ana Maria Munar and Mads Bødker, want to give voices to the witches and tell their stories through sound bites for the coming witch museum in Ribe.

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.

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.

Let your face or your car do the paying

The digitalization of our everyday lives is making simple things such as purchases ever more convenient. At Spisestuerne, you can now pay with your finger, but in the future, you could pay with your face or let your car automatically deal with the parking fee. But what are the consequences of introducing biometric technologies, and are we even ready for them?

Brexit: Research collaborations are facing an uncertain fate

The uncertainties about the outcome of Brexit have left the Danish universities and their researchers in a watershed. Per Holten-Andersen, the President of CBS, points out that Brexit has the potential to harm the quality of joint research, and British researchers at CBS are nervous about their legal rights in the near future.

Maria Figueroa is going to advise world leaders about climate change

Out of a thousand nominees, CBS researcher Maria Figueroa, from the Department of Business and Politics, has been appointed as one of the lead authors of the next assessment report on climate change by the UN’s climate panel, the IPCC. She points out three trends that will ensure a faster transition towards greener societies and encourages everyone to keep a positive attitude towards finding ways to limit climate change.

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.

Boss women make other women become bosses

It is not great coworkers, supporting parents, or an inspirational spouse that make more women become entrepreneurs. It is the bosses. And especially if they are women, shows new research from the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics at CBS. The result can, according to the authors of the research paper, also be broadened to other business sectors.

New tax rules have “unfortunate” consequences for researchers

The Danish Government has agreed on a new set of tax rules, which imply that researchers will have had to stay within the EU for seven out of the past eight years if they want to receive unemployment allowances by 2021, when the rules will be fully implemented. The Dean of Research at CBS, Søren Hvidkjær, calls the new rules “unfortunate”, and fears that it will lower international mobility. He will be bringing up the matter with Universities Denmark.

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.

How to make a society fit for entrepreneurs

If we want more innovation and inspired employees, we should change our organizations, as they no longer suffice for this century, argues Mirjam van Praag, Professor of entrepreneurship. She’s leaving CBS after four years to become the president of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Matilde Røndbjerg is 23 and a researcher

For an exam project during her bachelor, Matilde Røndbjerg invented a model showing some new results, which describes the connection between hours spent glaring at the TV and the type of weather. Her model later became a research paper, which she recently has presented at Oxford University and at the University of Copenhagen. CBS Professor, Ravi Vatrapu, says that student-made research is a win-win situation.

CBS leads the way towards a greener shipping industry

CBS Maritime is leading a global collaboration of universities and companies in an effort to make the shipping industry greener. By 2050, The industry is predicted to contribute around 17 percent towards the total worldwide CO2-emissions. The co-director of the project, Henrik Sornn-Friese, Associated Professor at CBS, proclaims ‘uncertainty’ as the biggest challenge that the industry is facing in getting a green makeover.

Artificial intelligence: A fortune telling-machine in the making

Three researchers from CBS have built an artificial intelligence model, which learns in order to predict Airbnb sales with over 90 percent accuracy. It is outdoing previous models by 10 percent. Even though the use of artificial intelligence is at the state of steam engines, it’s developing at a fast pace.

CBS Professor is bridging Danish and Indian education

Associate Professor, Sudhanshu Rai, is traveling back and forth between India and Denmark for research and to act as an educational bridge between the two countries. Being back in India after living in Denmark for 18 years has resulted in a feeling of reverse culture shock – especially for his stomach.

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.