Coronavirus has left its mark on CBS finances, but it could have been worse. Much worse, according to Kristian Dyhr, CFO at CBS. Especially less travelling and fewer conferences have saved CBS some money.
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For CBS’ President, Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, the students have played a key role in drawing up the new strategy, which drives CBS in a transformative direction. He hopes the new strategy can transform society as well as CBS, while giving students the capabilities to deal with the expectations and pressure they are facing.
Staff can now get updated figures on the coronavirus situation at CBS, and soon the service will also be available to students. So far, the figures show no sign of a massive outbreak, says the Director of Campus Services. Moreover, guards will be patrolling the hallways and asking people to keep one meter apart.
The President of CBS answers criticism from the HSU and Academic Council about strategy approval behind closed doors
At two meetings with the General Consultation Committee (HSU) and the Academic Council, the President of CBS answered criticism about the absence of involvement in the final stages of the strategy process up to the CBS Board Meeting on June 29. Members of the two collegial organs still lack a good explanation as to why the decision was made to finalize the strategy in secret, and expect more involvement in the strategy process going forward.
CBS Board of Directors finalizes new strategy behind closed doors: “It’s against the spirit and bylaws of CBS”
The employee representatives of the General Consultation Committee (HSU) have unanimously sent a letter to the President of CBS harshly criticizing the decision to include the final discussion of the strategy as a confidential item on the agenda at the board meeting held on June 29. “It is not acceptable management from the President and the Chair,” the letter states. The President of CBS does not wish to comment on the criticism before meeting with the HSU.
CBS graduate Franziska Röttger was baffled that she could not look up waste sorting information in English on Danish municipalities’ websites. So together with a group of students and Studenterhuset, she has translated 21 municipalities’ waste sorting schemes to make them accessible to everyone. And more are coming.
Members of the Academic Council and the General Consultation Committee criticize their exclusion from the decision to appoint a deputy president at CBS. They are worried that the decision and division of tasks will result in a lower priority for research and will lead to centralization.
The advisory bodies at CBS criticize that they have not been involved in the decision-making process associated with the appointment of a deputy president, and fear centralization. The President of CBS explains that it has been a “high priority” to discuss the role and responsibilities of a deputy president with the Academic Council and General Consultation Committee.
CBS is participating in its fourth Copenhagen Pride, but this year, without a huge, colorful, buzzing and jolly pride parade. So, right here you can experience or relive CBS' participation in the past three Copenhagen Pride Parades under the motto 'Love Suits Everyone'.
When Jespers Torvekøkken reopens the six CBS canteens on August 24, you’ll see some familiar faces, but a smaller assortment and initially no buffet. However, sustainability and gaining an ‘organic catering’ accreditation are still high priority, explains the Customer Manager.
CBS Library’s makeover has lasted for a couple of years, but has now reached its final stage, which includes a compact self-service canteen and color-coordinated reading booths with smart light dimmers. Recreational books are also finding their ways onto the shelves.
The effects of coronavirus may turn out to be environmentally and financially advantageous, as we will probably fly less and not need to expand our campus with new buildings to the same extent, claims CBS’ Green Program Leader. However, the social aspects of running a sustainable university post-COVID-19 are more ambiguous.
As a result of the reorganization, five employees have either resigned or will resign from their positions in the months ahead, according to a statement on CBS Share. Moreover, 46 employees and 17 student assistants will be relocated. The aim is to move the employees to a new physical location in week 42.
What’s it like to be back at CBS? “It’s good to see people’s real faces again – but I miss my coffee machine at home”
VOXPOP: All employees are allowed back to CBS starting from this week. So what is it like? What has working from home been like? And do they miss anything about their home offices? Hear five CBS folks’ perspectives on the matter.
The Danish Government has announced that all public institutions in eastern Denmark can reopen from next week. This means that all CBS employees can return to their offices. “We are looking very much forward to seeing you on campus again,” says the University Director of CBS.
Communications, CBS Business and the two deans’ offices cease to exist as independent units in CBS’ new structure, which, as a consequence, has led to layoffs. The Director of CBS Business, Louise Seest, resigns.
From a one-room apartment shared with her boyfriend, PhD Fellow Amanda Bille has attended online supervision sessions on the balcony, carefully coordinated to avoid the neighboring school's recess, and has waved goodbye to the PhD project of her “dreams”. Now, back at CBS, she says she has done more than she would have accomplished in a whole week at home.
CBS’ 200 or so PhD Fellows, along with researchers who need to be physical present at CBS, now have access to campus. According to the Dean of Research at CBS, the PhD Fellows have had “severe challenges” during the lockdown, which is why they are all now allowed back. CBS’ PhD Association, PAC, calls it “a nice gesture to help us get back on track”.
A 3D printer from CBS’ BITLAB, together with more than 500 3D printers in Denmark, has helped produce 63,644 visors for Danish health-care personnel. At the peak of the corona crisis, the health-care sector “was in desperate need,” says Michael Ford Folkmann, a student and IT Advisor at CBS who picked up the 3D printer at CBS and printed the visors from home while writing his master’s thesis.
Local schools are being allowed to use the empty classrooms and auditoriums at CBS to teach the oldest students. “It’s just great to be back together with my classmates,” says Cilla Bing Costa from Ny Hollænderskolen.