Independent University Newspaper
Copenhagen Business School

Popular searches:

Independent University Newspaper

Copenhagen Business School

9,000 students invited to epic 12-hour Semester Start Celebration

Semester Start Party 2019. (Photo: Luyi Liang)

Students are back on campus for a semester that is not all about cancellations. Rather the opposite. The annual Semester Start Party has been upgraded to a 12-hour celebration with CBS’ many student organizations participating. “It’s all about creating opportunities for the students to find and form communities,” says CBS Students’ Vice President.

Study Start |   Updated: September 6th, 2021

Anne Thora Lykkegaard


Mads Taudal Nyeng, the President of CBS Students, stands in the CBS Students booth at Solbjerg Plads talking to students passing by. The majority are new students who have never set foot in CBS before.

“We are quite busy these days doing the final planning for the Semester Start Celebration and Student Society Day. But I just had to take time out to visit the CBS Students booth to talk to the new students and get a feeling of who they are. I have truly missed that,” says Mads Taudal Nyeng.

Maria Gabriela Zoladkowska, the Vice President of CBS Students, and Mads Taudal Nyeng were elected to the CBS Students presidency in January but have hardly been on campus. Now, that they are back, CBS WIRE sat down with them for a chat about what current and new students can expect this semester.

For example, all the students are invited to the Semester Start Celebration on September 10. Usually, it goes by the name of the Semester Start Party, but this year, the concept has been upgraded.

“Usually, we have 2,000 students at Solbjerg Plads – and the same amount queuing up outside. But this year, it’s outside and we can have 5,000 students joining in,” says Mads Taudal Nyeng.

It’s more than a party, and it’s more inclusive, as it aims at accommodating everyone through different activities for the students

Mads Taudal Nyeng, the President of CBS Students

The Semester Start Party usually starts at 20:00, but this year, it will kick off at 12:00 with various activities hosted by some of CBS’ student organizations, like football matches hosted by CBS Sports, while students can hang out and listen to music. Later in the evening, the setting will change to be more party-like.

Semester Start Party 2018. (Photo: Luyi Liang)

“It’s more than a party, and it’s more inclusive, as it aims at accommodating everyone through different activities for the students,” says Mads Taudal Nyeng.

Finding a place at CBS

In general, the presidency wants to give the students a good start to the semester. Not only the new students, but also the ‘old’ students, who have not been at CBS much lately.

For Student Society Day on September 16, 60 student organizations have signed up for booths at Solbjerg Plads, where they will be inviting new students to join their organizations, and Mads Taudal Nyeng expects it to be well visited.

“All the second-year students have experienced is cancellations. They have not experienced what a normal study start is like, so if the same amount of students participate this year, it will be more than we are used to,” says Mads Taudal Nyeng.

For the Presidency, which now also includes Tomas Vemola, the most important priority this semester start is for the students to settle in at CBS.

“Both for the new students and the second-year students it is important that they find their own place and space at CBS. For example, they can do so by joining Student Society Day, where they can connect with organizations of interest,” says Maria Zoladkowska.

Semester Start Party 2019. (Photo: Luyi Liang)
Semester Start Party 2019. (Photo: Luyi Liang)

Mads Taudal Nyeng adds:

“Speaking of finding a space. The new students need to remember that they are not the only ones who are confused. Everyone needs to land again after the lockdowns. And that being the case, they can make use of the various resources CBS offers, like the Student Guidance Service, CBS Students or each other.”

Creating communities

Before the current presidency has a reshuffle in January 2022, its main focus during the coming months will be to create communities – as well as representing the students’ voices.

“We have been at home for so long that now we need to re-establish contact with the students, which means talking to a lot of them, supporting them and creating different events throughout the semester,” says Maria Zoladowska and adds:

“And, of course, we would like to get more students engaged in student politics as that affects us all.”

Mads Taudal Nyeng is enjoying being back on campus alongside the students and also hopes to engage with them.

“Just the other day, I decided to walk through Café Nexus on my way to the office, and it put a big smile on my face seeing the students back. For us it’s going to be important to facilitate the opportunities for the students to create communities and find their own place here,” he says.

Semester Start Party 2019. (Photo: Luyi Liang)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

9,000 students invited to epic 12-hour Semester Start Celebrationby

  • News

    Staff layoffs: What happens if you’re fired

    The clock is ticking. On Thursday morning (5 October), CBS employees will know if they are up for dismissal or not. But what will happen on the day? What emotional stages are you likely to encounter? And who will be there to pick you up when you are feeling the blow of being laid off? CBS WIRE has talked to HR and the consulting agency Actief Hartmanns to provide you with answers.

  • News

    Network, network, network – CBS graduates advise on getting your first job

    There are many approaches to finding your first job. Three recent CBS graduates talk about how they landed theirs. Their approaches were quite different, yet they all highlight networking as a key element.

  • News

    A-Z of the dismissals

    In these final days of September, the fate of a number of CBS employees is being decided. The final amount of money saved on salaries via voluntary severance agreements (aka redundancy packages, Ed.) and senior agreements will be known.  After this, the actual number of employees up for dismissal will be decided by management – and then the individuals will be selected.

  • News

    Layoffs break the crucial trust between organisation and employee

    CBS is laying off a number of employees soon, which will affect our university in different ways. When employees are fired without having done anything wrong, it shatters the trust between the organisation and employees, while also taking a toll on productivity, according to a CBS expert. Layoffs also affect the ‘survivors’, who are forced to adapt to a changed workload and the loss of cherished colleagues.

  • News

    Here to help – at the touch of a button and at Campus Desk

    Exam anxiety? Lost student card? I’ve wedged my car between a Fiat 500 and a lamp post, can you help? You never know what you’ll be asked next. But that’s just how the Campus Desk team like it. And if they can’t fix your problem, they’ll know someone who can. CBS WIRE asked the team about the whole range of topics they advice on every day.

  • Gif of the week
  • News

    CBS Quiz Time: Unraveling the success story

    A successful university environment such as CBS is often associated with academic pursuits, but campus life extends far beyond the classroom. At CBS Quiz Time, a student society motivated by creative thinking and social engagement, students join in a refreshing range of creativity, excitement, and social interaction. CBS WIRE talked to Celine Møller-Andersen to find out about the society’s vision, strategies and the factors that are driving its rapid expansion.

  • News

    Why so sudden? The CBS financial crisis explained

    Employees and union representatives have posed many questions in the wake of the 17 August announcement of a firing round. In this interview, University Director Arnold Boon explains how Senior Management has been working with the budget and a change of financial strategy since the fall of 2022, and why layoffs are now necessary.

Follow CBS students studying abroad

CBS WIRE collaborates with

Stay connected