CBS Students is worried that the new intro-format and corona restrictions will send the dropout rate in the wrong direction compared to other years. However, smaller events, other students and personal responsibility should pave the way for the best study start possible, they claim.
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Intro week: “Our social relations will not be based on alcohol, but on being together and doing fun things”
Corona restrictions and a new intro week format are shaping this year’s study start. Two intro coordinators share how they have juggled it all, and what they hope for.
Abel Aioanei was thrilled when he left Romania, two years ago. In fact, he didn’t plan to return. Ever. But coming to Denmark to study at CBS one year ago turned everything upside down. Could the Danes be the key to making him love the country he had always despised? And would five months of corona quarantine in Romania change anything?
Coronavirus has serious consequences for exchange trips: “Hopefully, we’ll be back to normal in two or three years”
234 students are studying abroad on exchange trips this semester. The figure last autumn was 1,088. Martin Jes Iversen, Vice Dean of International Education, reflects on what he calls the “unfortunate and terrible” consequences of coronavirus for exchange trips. However, there is light in the dark for students hoping to go on exchange.
Based on expectations from policy makers at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, CBS has found 100 additional places for new students in its 2020 intake. 50 of those have been created at the BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management, which is welcoming 175 new students.
CBS Legal: Processing times dragged out due to the complexity of the intro cases and enquiries from lawyers
CBS Legal responds to students’ criticism about the processing times of intro cases, which in some instances dragged on for more than four months. “We fully understand that there is discomfort connected with disciplinary cases,” says the Head of Legal.
Intro case handling: “I flunked several exams through fear of being kicked out of CBS. That’s not okay”
Two students share their experiences of being scrutinized by CBS Legal for cases related to intro 2019. They criticize the process, which put them under intense mental pressure and made them hesitant to work as intro guides again.
Digital career fairs are here to stay, according to the job search portal Graduateland. Coronavirus has pushed digital innovation forward in the field and now companies can browse through thousands of candidates in no time. Moreover, prospective graduates are facing a job market on the mend, it seems.
CBS Students criticizes Senior Management’s handling of intro cases: “The management style is built on punishment and fear”
Intro guides and coordinators have waited for more than four months to receive the decisions on 44 cases related to the 2019 intro program. CBS Students severely criticizes the process, which “has treated the students like criminals” and left them in a limbo of uncertainty. As a consequence, the process has led to silence among the affected students, who dare not criticize the process, according to CBS Students. The President of CBS doesn’t wish to answer to the criticism.
The students of the international GLOBE program, which takes students to the States, CBS and Hong Kong, have been hit twice in succession. First, the Hong Kong protests let to rescheduling of the program, and then coronavirus regulations sent everyone home. Five students share their thoughts and experiences and hope to unite in Hong Kong in September. But will the protests return when coronavirus dies out?
One was afraid she could not come home from Singapore, another decided to stay in Ireland, and a third is now juggling with classes at 3 AM after returning to the US. Three exchange students share their experiences of how the coronavirus and the global lockdown have affected their trips abroad.
Benjamin and Nikolaj question the grade race and investigate what makes CBS students strive for top marks
They had both felt the pressure and stress from having to perform and get good grades while studying at CBS. So when it was time to write their master’s thesis, Benjamin Anker and Nikolaj Koors Hoff decided to explore why students get caught up in the grade race. Now, their results are to be published as a scientific article.
Give me 20 burpees: Student organization hosts online functional fitness competition for staff and students
Normally, the student organization CBS Mercury arranges sweaty workouts in the basement at Solbjerg Plads. Now, it has moved its training programs online and is inviting students and staff to join an online functional fitness competition in week 17. In this article, two of the organizers share their corona style workout routine, which involves suitcases packed with books.
Director of Study Administration: New study start is more inclusive and makes the transition to university less stressful
CBS Students strongly criticizes the new study start program and is highly concerned that the drop-out rate will increase. CBS’ Director of Study Administration responds to the criticism and explains how the new so-called ‘first-year experience’ is more inclusive and will ease students into university life more gradually.
Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship is guiding and supporting its startups during the coronavirus crisis. For most advanced startups, it’s a game of survival, and lessons on crisis management are being learned as the days go by. But the coronavirus crisis is not bad for everyone, argue representatives from CSE.
The new intro program concept is now turning into a “first-year experience” for the new bachelor students starting in 2020, according to CBS. The new concept will shorten the intro-week program and spread it over the course of a year, with the cabin trip moved to February to link semesters 1 and 2.
The cabin trip is moved to February, the intro weeks in August are reduced to four or five days, and the cabin trip program will not include any alcohol-related activities. These are among the changes to CBS’ study start. CBS Students is highly concerned that the dramatic transformation of the intro concept will have negative consequences for new students’ social life and current students’ willingness to become administrators or intro guides.
Two study coaches advise CBS students on how to structure their days and increase their success rates for getting things done. Take off your pajamas, eat healthily, turn off your phone, and remember to praise yourself are all useful pieces of advice.
The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science has granted CBS dispensation to conduct all exams online for the rest of the semester.
The four members of CBS Students’ presidency are answering emails and phone calls from worried students while organizing online wine tasting, reaching out to all student organizations to facilitate online events and saving Café Nexus and Spisestuerne. All from a tiny allotment garden.