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Copenhagen Business School

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.

I wear my culture

Yuan Fang, an MBA student from China, almost looks like someone from an Asian fairytale when she wears her traditional Chinese clothes. She likes this old-fashioned style, and only ditches it when it rains. CBS WIRE sat down with her to talk about Chinese and Danish culture.

Exchange is a rollercoaster just ride it

Malaysia has made CBS student, Mihika Deb feel overwhelmed, frustrated, content, and incredibly happy just within the first two weeks. She is on exchange in Malaysia and will be reporting about her stay for the next couple of months.

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.

Constance quit cars and planes and biked to Denmark from France

She traveled 3,500 kilometers by bike to get to Denmark. It was not her end-destination – far from it. But “things never go according to plan,” as the new CBS student Constance Regnier puts it. Her aim is to live her life with the smallest carbon footprint possible. This included not driving cars or taking planes for a while. And that is one of the least radical choices she has made.

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.

From the Pearl of Africa to the Land of ‘Hygge’

A unique collaboration between CBS and Makerere University Business School in Uganda has made it possible for two Ugandan students, Geoffrey Ayebare and Catherine Nabaloga, to visit CBS. Curious to hear about their impressions of Copenhagen and CBS, student writer Daiana Contini set up a meeting with them.

“As long as we trade – we don’t shoot each other”

Brexit and free trade were the hot topics when Denmark’s Minister for Foreign Affairs visited CBS to discuss the EU with students from the BSc in European Business. The students were especially surprised by the minister’s positive attitude about the future of the EU – despite increasing skepticism.

Paulius thought he was going to work at a bank – instead he wants to change the world

Have customers lost their bargaining power only to lose out on good deals? CBS alum Paulius Vegele thinks so. He has created a virtual marketplace where companies compete to give you the best offer. “Disruption backwards,” he calls it. A CBS professor says that today the bargaining process takes too much time and often involves strong emotions, resulting in customers haggling less.

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”.

Do you feel ’Belone’?

Grabcing, Drinxplain, Belone. These words are not just nonsense but part of a new campaign which aims to describe the balancing act between having fun and suddenly finding oneself in an unpleasant situation. The campaign helps students get off to a good start and is one out of many initiatives, which make CBS a better place to study.

Should CBS ban alcohol during intro week?

Three years ago, CBS was heavily being covered by the media, as students reported humiliating and sexist activities such as licking whipped cream off bananas during the intro week. Before the semester start in 2016, new rules were introduced, and they seem to be paying off. But still, CBS is not ready to ban alcohol during the intro week.

Party time 2.0: CBS is ready for their second Pride Parade

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.

Hellbound

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’.

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.

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.

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