Copenhagen Business School
Handelshøjskolen i København
|Motto||Where University Means Business|
|Budget||Funding EUR 174.95 million|
|Dean||Peter Møllgaard and Jan Molin|
|Director||Kirsten Winther Jørgensen|
|673 (full time), 874 (part time)|
|Students||22,829 (4,292 foreign students)|
|Campus||Solbjerg Plads (primary), |
Kilen (The Wedge)
Copenhagen Business School (Danish: Handelshøjskolen i København) often abbreviated and referred to as CBS (also in Danish), is a public university situated in Copenhagen, Denmark and is considered one of the most prestigious business schools in Western Europe and the world. CBS was established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education and Research (FUHU), however, it was not until 1920 that accounting became the first full study programme at CBS. Today CBS has more than 20,000 students, 2,000 employees  and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programmes within business, typically with an interdisciplinary and international focus. CBS is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AMBA (Association of MBAs), as well as AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), thus making it one of the few schools worldwide to hold the "triple-crown" accreditation, and along with Aarhus BSS, the only two in Denmark.
The CBS campus is located in Frederiksberg, close to the center of Copenhagen, and centers on the school's main campus of Solbjerg Plads, completed in 2000. Since the Danish Universities Act of 2003, CBS has had a Board of Directors with an external majority. The Board of Directors appoints the President of CBS, who is currently Per Holten-Andersen. Most of the programs are taught in English, and more than half of the faculty is recruited from abroad, making CBS an international academic environment.
The university’s alumni include Søren Skou, CEO of A.P Moller-Maersk, Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Fritz Henrik Schur Junior, Chairman of DONG Energy, David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails, Claus Meyer, culinary entrepreneur and founder of the New Nordic Cuisine philosophy, Hannibal Muammar Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Lars Dalgaard, founder of SuccessFactors, as well as several other entrepreneurs and Danish politicians.
- 1 History
- 2 Presidents
- 3 Programme structure
- 4 Bachelor programmes
- 5 Master's programmes
- 5.1 Master in Social Science (MSocSc)
- 5.1.1 MSocSc in Management of Creative Business Processes
- 5.1.2 MSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- 5.1.3 MSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Strategic Design and Entrepreneurship
- 5.1.4 MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development
- 5.1.5 MSocSc in Service Management
- 5.2 Master in Business Administration
- 5.3 Master in Economics and Business Administration
- 5.4 Master in International Business Communications
- 5.5 Master in Business Administration and Information Systems
- 5.6 Master in Business, Language and Culture
- 5.1 Master in Social Science (MSocSc)
- 6 Exchange programmes
- 7 Rankings
- 8 Facilities
- 9 Student life
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
CBS was established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education (now known as FUHU), which is a private educational institution. In 1965 the business school became integrated into the Danish educational system as an institution of higher education. Today, it is regulated by the Danish Universities Act of 2003.
|Carl E. Sørensen||1975-1978|
|Christen Møller, Director||1938-1957|
|Marius Vibæk, Director||1917-1938|
CBS offers a range of university degrees in business economics and modern languages for international business communication in Denmark. The selection of full-time programmes complies with the three levels:
- 3-year bachelor's degree
- 2-year master's degree
- 3-year PhD
CBS also offers part-time programmes:
- Executive Master Programmes
- Graduate Diploma Programmes and short courses
CBS offers 19 bachelor programmes, eight taught in English and eleven taught in Danish, in business administration and international business communication.
BSc in International Business
The BSc in International Business covers three main areas of study, Economics, Business Economics/Management, and Methodology. The BSc IB is the only programme in Denmark that offers students the opportunity to join the GLOBE (Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education) program or the EngAGE (Engaged, Applied, Global Education) program.
BSc in International Business and Politics
The BSc in International Business and Politics is an interdisciplinary bachelor programme which offers students a joint concentration in management and economics, political science and international relations.
BA in English and Organizational Communication
English Organizational Communication, abbreviated as EOK, is a bachelor programme (BA) offering students an understanding of how English is and can be used in an international company. The students will gain an understanding of how the communication can be used to English markets.
BA in Intercultural Market Communication
Intercultural Market Communication, also known as IMK, is a bachelor programme (BA) that will teach students how to communicate from market to market, when cultural aspects are involved.
CBS offers thirty-nine master's programmes in Social Science, Business Administration, Economics and Business Administration, International Business Communication, Business Administration and Information Systems and Business, Language and Culture . The largest master's programme is MSc in Economics and Business Administration with 14 concentrations and more than 4,000 students.
Master in Social Science (MSocSc)
There are seven master programmes in Social Science. Five of them are taught in English.
MSocSc in Management of Creative Business Processes
The master in Management of Creative Business Processes, also known as CBP, is a master program in social science that teaches students to navigate between the realms of management and arts. With a focus on creative industries, students will learn to manage creative business processes as well as acquire project management skills. This is a two-year program divided in 4 semesters. The first semester includes 3 courses: Creative Industries, Innovation and Strategies, Marketing and Creative Processes and Intellectual Property Law. The second semester also includes 3 courses: Managing Creative and Innovative Organisations, Financial and Managerial Accounting and Creative Business Project. The third semester gives you the opportunity to choose between Electives, Exchange or Internship and the fourth semester concerns the Master Thesis. 
MSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship
MSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Strategic Design and Entrepreneurship
MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development
MSocSc in Service Management
The other two master programmes are taught in Danish and include:
- Political Communication and Management
- Human Resource Management
Master in Business Administration
There are eight master programmes in Business Administration.
Four of them are taught in English and include:
- Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
- Business Administration and Philosophy
- Business Administration and Bio-entrepreneurship
- Business Administration and E-business
The other four master programmes are taught in Danish and include:
- Business Administration and Commercial Law
- Business Administration and Organisational Communication
- Business Administration and Management Science
- Business Administration and Psychology
Master in Economics and Business Administration
There are sixteen master programmes in Economics and Business Administration.
Twelve of them are taught in English and include:
- Accounting, Strategy and Control
- Applied Economics and Finance
- Brand and Communications Management
- Customer and Commercial Development
- Finance and Investments
- Finance and Strategic Management
- MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance
- Management of Innovation and Business Development
- International Business
- International Marketing and Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Strategy, Organisation and Leadership
The other four master programmes are taught in Danish and include:
- Human Resource Management
- Economic Marketing
- Finance and Accounting
- Business Economics and Auditing
Master in International Business Communications
There four master programmes in International Business Communications.
Three of them are taught in English and include:
- Intercultural Marketing
- Multicultural Communication in Organisations
- International Business and Politics
The fourth one is taught in Danish and focuses on Intercultural Marketing and Spanish, German or French.
Master in Business Administration and Information Systems
There two master programmes in Business Administration and Information Systems. The first one focuses on Data Science while the second one concerns Digitalization. Both programmes are taught in English.
Master in Business, Language and Culture
There two master programmes in Business, Language and Culture. The first one focuses on Business and Development Studies while the second one concerns Diversity and Change Management. Both programmes are taught in English.
CBS is the Danish member of CEMS - Global Alliance in Management Education and a member of Partnership in International Management (PIM), and focuses on double degree agreements with other top business schools. CBS has exchange and cooperation agreements with 390 universities and business schools around the world, half of which are European. 43% of CBS programmes are taught in English and CBS offers approximately 200 separate courses taught in English.
Partner universities and schools include, among others:
- In the USA: Ross School of Business, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, New York University Stern School of Business, Northwestern University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Michigan, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin, Emory University, University of Southern California, Texas A&M University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Indiana University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Purdue University, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Washington Business School.
- In Canada: McGill University, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, HEC Montréal, University of Toronto, York University, Queen's University, University of Alberta School of Business, University of Calgary.
- In Europe: Bocconi University, London School of Economics, HEC Paris, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Warwick Business School, ESADE, Manchester Business School, University of St. Gallen, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Stockholm School of Economics, Louvain School of Management, Aalto University School of Business, WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, ESSEC Business School, University of Mannheim, University College Dublin, Sciences Po Paris, Tilburg University, Norwegian School of Economics, EMLYON Business School, University of Navarra, Lancaster University Management School, King's College London, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Warsaw School of Economics.
- In Asia: National University of Singapore, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University, Peking University, Korea University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong, Yonsei University, Keio University, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University.
- In Latin America: Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores Monterrey, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad de Chile.
- In Oceania: University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Australian National University, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of Otago, Macquarie University, Victoria University of Wellington.
- Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking)
In the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as Shanghai Ranking, CBS ranks 3rd in Europe and 31st in the world in the category 'Management'. The ranking is research-focused as it is solely based on refereed research publications and research awards.
- QS World University Ranking
In the 2015 QS ranking of the world’s top universities for business and management, Copenhagen Business School ranks #10 in the world and #6 in Europe. In 2016, CBS was ranked 13th in the world and 7th in Europe. This ranking aims to assess institutions’ overall performance and reputation in the business and management field (at both undergraduate and graduate level) and is headed by London Business School, followed by Harvard Business School and INSEAD.
The French ratings agency Eduniversal ranked Copenhagen Business School the #1 business school in the world in 2014, ahead of London Business School and Harvard Business School. This ranking is based on the recommendations of deans and presidents of leading business schools from more than 150 countries.
- Corporate Knights
- The Economist
The Economist ranked the CBS Executive MBA program #60 worldwide in its Executive MBA Ranking 2015. The Economist also ranked the Copenhagen Business School MBA program #83 in the global Top 100 in 2011. The Copenhagen Business School MBA program was ranked as #60 in the Economist's list of Top 100 MBAs for 2015.
- QS Global 200 Business Schools
The QS Global 200 Business School Report 2014/15 ranked the Copenhagen Business School MBA program #12 in Europe. The same report ranked the Copenhagen Business School MBA program in the top cluster of MBA programs globally. The top cluster, of four clusters total, comprises 20 North American MBA programs, 14 European MBA programs and 4 Asia Pacific MBA programs.
- Bloomberg Businessweek
The Copenhagen Business School MBA program has been ranked #28 by Bloomberg Businessweek in its International Full-time MBA Ranking 2015. This ranking does not include the Business schools in the US.
- Financial Times
The Financial Times ranked Copenhagen Business School #32 worldwide in its Masters in Management 2015 ranking. The Financial Times also ranked the CBS Executive MBA program #62 in the world and #31 in Europe in 2015. The Copenhagen Business School MBA program has been ranked in the Financial Times's list of Top 100 MBAs in 2018.
- The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute's "Beyond Grey Pinstripes" bi-annual report ranked the Copenhagen Business School MBA program #43 globally (#7 in Europe) in its 2011-2012 report and #63 globally (#9 in Europe) in its 2009-2010 report.
- Triple Crown of Accreditation
Copenhagen Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs, and the European Quality Improvement System. Copenhagen Business School and Aarhus University are the only two business schools in Denmark, and two of 57 business schools globally to earn Triple accreditation. Copenhagen Business School earned the AACSB accreditation in 2011, the AMBA accreditation in 2007 and the EQUIS accreditation in 2000. In 2015 CBS received the EQUIS seal of approval and thereby remains among the best 1% of business schools worldwide in terms of triple-crown accreditation.
CBS is an urban university primarily located in four modern buildings in Frederiksberg, close to the center of Copenhagen. The main complex, Solbjerg Plads, was opened in 2000 and includes 34,000 m2 of student and office space surrounded by gardens and outdoor living space. Designed by Vilhelm Lauritzer Architects, the complex consists of interconnected concrete, glass and tile-sided buildings of varying heights that house student auditoriums, faculty office space, a cafeteria, the main library, a student bar and the campus bookstore.
Dalgas Have, opened in 1989 and designed by Henning Larsen Architects, is the oldest building currently in use. Owned by the Danish Pension Fund for Engineers and leased by CBS, the building includes 20,000 m2 of student classrooms, study space and offices distributed around a three-story 175 m long arcade. At the midpoint of the arcade a two-story semi-circular cafeteria sits below a semi-circular library.
Kilen (The Wedge) was opened in 2006 and includes 10,000 m2 of student classrooms, study spaces, and offices for research and administration. Designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, the four-story wedge-shaped building features a large oval-shaped atrium that extends the height of the building. The exterior is covered with full-story screens made of wood, matte glass or copper, which rotate in response to the Sun and weather. Kilen has been the recipient of numerous architecture and design awards such as a RIBA European Award in 2006.
Porcelænshaven, the fourth main building that comprises the CBS campus, is leased by CBS from the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education. Formerly the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, the factory has been converted into 20,000 m2 of student classrooms, study spaces, offices, and a student residence. A central feature of the building, a 1,000 m2 main hall used for large events, stands in the old location of the factory kiln hall. As part of the factory conversion, Henning Larsen Architects transformed the old raw material storage building into 3,800 m2 of modern study space.
CBS campus buildings reflect characteristic Scandinavian style and have been recognized by Frederiksberg Municipality earning an Award for Good and Beautiful Building in 2006 and 2009. The four main buildings are within walking distance and located along three consecutive stations on the Copenhagen Metro from Lindevang Station (Dalgas Have) to Frederiksberg Station (Solbjerg Plads).
Student facilities include multimedia labs, interpretation labs, break-out rooms for group and project work, personal computers and Learning Resource Center. Computers are replaced with new models at least every third year. Plugs for portable laptops are readily available, and wireless connections are installed in the main buildings.
Founded in 2012, MarketingLab is an organization driven by students who all share a common interest for creative marketing. The mission of the organization is to create a bridge between students and the industry. The team consists of the most ambitious students working on a weekly basis with events, courses and consulting.
CBS Sport is an independent sports organization belonging to CBS. Established in 2006, CBS Sport currently has 12 sports:
- Basketball (men and women)
- Floorball (men and women)
- Football (men and women)
- Handball (men and women)
- Horseback Riding
- Rugby (men and women)
- Volleyball (Mixed)
- Copenhagen Consensus Centre
- Offshoring Research Network
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