Copenhagen Business School
Tuesday 21 December 2010
History: The school was established in 1917, and became integrated as an institution of higher education in the Danish system in 1965.
Address: Close to the centre of Copenhagen, a lively and charming city.
Ambience: The school's campus comprises of five major buildings. One of them was built in 1988, another dates back to 2000, and new newest “The Wedge” was inaugurated in 2006. They all house modern classrooms and lecture halls. Since 2005 the school is gradually taking over Porcelænshaven, which was the site of the former Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory.
Vital statistics: CBS is one of the largest business schools in northern Europe with more than 16,000 students. The schools offers research-based degree programmes at undergraduate, graduate and PhD level, as well as executive and other post-experience courses. In addition to the full-time MBA, the school offers a suite of executive programmes as well as a specialist Executive MBA in shipping and logistics. The school was recently granted AMBA accreditation to add to its nod from EQUIS, and has applied to AACSB in the hopes of completing the hat-trick.
Added value: CBS is The Danish member of CEMS (Community of European Management Schools and International Companies), member of PIM (Partnership in International Management), and is also among the 12 Danish and Swedish universities which make up the "Øresund University", with more than 150,000 students and 10,000 researchers. The School also has ties with big global companies including KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, IBM and Nokia.
Easy to get into? For the MBA, you'll need a degree or equivalent professional qualification and at least three years' work experience, as well as a decent GMAT score (the average is around 600).
Alumni: The school has a rapidly-growing MBA alumni society which adds around 100 members to its roster every year. The usual job opportunities result.
Gurus: A high number of visiting professors give the school an international flavour and bring their different teaching approaches from all over the world. Faculty includes 530 full time and 80 part time teachers.
International connections: The school has exchange agreements with more than 360 business schools and universities worldwide.
Research: The school's specialist research areas include the design of economic institutions (including corporate governance); strategic management and globalisation; financial risk management; and open innovation.
Teaching: Teamwork is essential to the school's teaching philosophy, with students frequently expected to give presentations to their peers. The importance of entrepreneurship and leadership are also stressed during the MBA programme. A specific feature is the longitudinal training of these skills throughout the programs.
Student profile: More than 80 per cent of the MBA students are from outside Denmark. The class of 2008 had 22 nationalities represented, and about a third of the intake were women.
Cost: The full-time MBA is €36,915 approx, not including books and accommodation.The Executive MBA is €59,000.
Who's the boss? Professor Torben Juul Andersen is associate dean of the full-time MBA program and professor Mogens Bjerre is the associate dean of the Executive MBA and Flexible Executive MBA programs.
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