BI Norwegian Business School

Oslo, Norway

No. Students: 18,000 (16,400 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 370
Funding type: Private
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BI is fully accredited by the Norwegian Ministry of Higher Education as a specialised university institution. It received the prestigious EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development in 1999 and was reaccredited in 2005. This accreditation shows that BI is at the forefront of European Business schools. Norway provides students with infinite possibilities to succeed. As Norway has been voted the best country in the world to live, students studying in Norway will experience first hand Norway's strong and innovative economy.

About

BI Norwegian Business School is one of Europes largest business schools with around 20,000 students and 340 permanent faculty. BI is the largest supplier of economic and administrative competence and skills in Norway with more than 200 000 graduates since 1983. BI Norwegian Business School boasts the countrys leading faculty in the schools spear-head areas of economics, management, strategy, marketing and finance.

BI Norwegian Business School has organised its academic activities in eight separate research departments covering all of the disciplines that can be expected at a modern European business school. BI Norwegian Business School has an international profile. BIs faculty cooperate extensively internationally and BI has student exchange agreements with more than 170 institutions in 45 different countries. This gives BIs students excellent opportunities to obtain international experiences and to experience intercultural learning.

Accreditations

Accreditation and ranking help the institution in keeping focus on achieving high academic standards and continuous quality development, and are also instrumental in building reputation. BI Norwegian Business School´s vision of becoming a leading European business school will be reflected by the accreditations we hold and how we do in international rankings.

National accreditation
In 2008 the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, NOKUT, granted Specialised University Institution status to BI. This is the single-most important decision with strategic impact in the recent history of BI and a sign of recognition and final endorsement by its peers of BI as a bona fide-high quality academic institution. NOKUT also has the responsibility to review the institution´s quality assurance system for educational programmes. BI´s quality assurance system was accredited in 2004 and given new approval in 2011. International accreditations
The three most renowned accreditation systems world wide are the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). EQUIS BI has had EQUIS accreditation since 1999 and was among the first to obtain this status. Accreditation is given for a maximum period of five years and re-accreditation was bestowed upon BI in 2004/05 and then again in 2010. The requirements that have to be met are raised each time and it is no walk over to be reaccredited based on former merits. AACSB BI was given membership in AACSB in 2008 and is well underway in its preparations for AACSB accreditation. The process differs from EQUIS in that the school must document that it meets the quality standard before it can enter the final stage of the process. This opens up for a fairly lengthy process that may last up to seven years. BI´s goal is to complete the process in 2013/14. AMBA AMBA accredits the institutions portfolio of MBA/DBA programmes (full time/part time). BI has undertaken to restructure and further develop its executive MBA programmes. In line with this development BI considers to enter an application for AMBA accreditation. RANKING Ranking differs from accreditation in that the institution is measured against the other participant schools based on a sett of criteria. These criteria are related to characteristics of the alumni, the programme and the institution. BI participates in two of the most renowned rankings for business education, the Financial Times Ranking and the Eduniversals Top Business Schools Worldwide. Financial Times Ranking The Financial Times ranking consists of five partial rankings, addressing specific programmes (customised programmes, master of science programmes, executive MBAs etc.), and a final school ranking. The most influential criteria pertain to alumni salary levels and carreer development, two factors that BI at best can influence indirectly. During the last two years, BI has been placed among the 60-65 best schools world wide, a result that we are moderately satisfied with. However, it is BI´s long term goal to climb in these rankings. Eduniversal Top Business School Worldwide Eduniversal allows a thousand participants annually. The ranking is based on the individual participants standing among the others. During the two recent years BI has been placed among the top twenty schools in Europe, along with such well renowned schools as London Business School, INSEAD and HEC School of Management.

Services

The new campus is open and transparent building that exposes the activities in the building against the surrounding streets and public spaces. In addition to its educational function, the building acts as a meeting place and is a focal point between the student environment and the surrounding business activities. There are 20 auditoriums of different sizes and layouts, 28 classrooms and group rooms, a library, plus pc-rooms and study areas that offer both students and lecturers excellent facilities for designing special projects, group and research work. There are 264 seats in the reading area, for quiet study. Students studying to become auditors (HRS) have their own special reading room with 68 seats on level U1. 3 pc- teaching rooms are available. 350 pc-stations available to students in the library.The library also has 4 audio-visual rooms and a seminar room. BI Norwegian Business School are entitled to special prices at the Thon Hotels (Customer no. BI10), a chain of hotels with many different types of hotels in the Oslo city centre. By underground it only takes 11-14 minutes to get to Nydalen. The BI campus offers a wide range of different coffee shops and places to eat or to buy food. In addition to the student canteen on the first level, there are several other coffee shops and cafes. There's also an executive canteen with a roof-top terrace for executive students.

Student life

The capital Oslo is situated in surroundings of which very few other major cities can boast, about, bounded by the Oslo Fjord in the south and unspoiled natural woodlands to the north and east. With a population of about half a million, Oslo is also the cultural capital of Norway, with a rich and varied cultural scene. The 'Land of the Midnight Sun' has delightfully long summer days and the temperature can vary from plus 15 up to plus 30 degrees plus Celcius. It drops to plus 5 to minus 15 degrees Celsius during the winter, but each season has its own special features and charm. The contrasts are great and the scenery is ever changing all year round. As English is a second language for Norwegians since they begin to learn English at the age of six, there is no need to learn Norwegian and this ensures a smooth adaptation to Norwegian culture and lifestyle. Health & safety standards in Norway are very high and the crime rate quite low. Hiking is a common Sunday activity, and many Norwegian families have a cottage either in the mountains or by the ocean.


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