BI Norwegian Business School

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BI Norwegian Business School
Handelshøyskolen BI
BI logo full.svg
Motto Empowering People, Improving Business
Type Private University College
Established 1943
President Inge Jan Henjesand
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 18,728
Undergraduates approx. 15,000
Postgraduates approx. 4,000
approx. 100

Oslo, Norway
59.9489256, 10.7681019

N59° 56.9355', E010° 46.0861'
Campus Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim
Colours BI Blue #004976
Affiliations EFMD

BI Norwegian Business School (Nynorsk: Handelshøyskolen BI) is the largest business school in Norway and the second largest in all of Europe. BI has in total four[1] campuses with the main one located in Oslo. The university has 845 employees consisting of an academic staff of 404 people and 441 administrative staff.[2] In 2015, BI Norwegian Business School had 18,728 students. BI is the largest supplier of economic and administrative competence and skills in Norway with more than 200 000 graduates since 1983.[1] BI Norwegian Business School is a private foundation and is accredited by NOKUT as a specialised university institution. BI organised its academic activities in nine separate research departments covering all of the disciplines that can be expected at a modern European business school.[1]


BI Norwegian Business School was founded in 1943 by Finn Øien as Bedriftøkonomisk Institut (English: Institute of Managerial Economics), hence the abbreviation BI.

Current activities[edit]

BI Nydalen

BI offers a full set of programs for bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees, as well as executive education and tailor-made programs for businesses. The teaching languages are English (BBA and graduate programs) and Norwegian (majority of undergraduate programs and custom programs for local businesses). The school currently participates in exchange programs with 200 foreign institutions in 45 countries.[1]

The internationally award winning main campus in Nydalen (Oslo)[3] was designed by Niels Torp,[4] who also designed Gardermoen Airport.

Norsk Kundebarometer[edit]

Norsk Kundebarometer (NKB) (English: Norwegian customer barometer) is a research program run by BI, with a focus on relations between customers and businesses. Based on an annual survey of Norwegian households, it collects data that may be used for comparison between businesses, comparisons between various industries, and comparisons over time.[5]

BI Lecture

Campuses in Norway[edit]

Activities abroad[edit]

BI has educated roughly 1700 students in China[6] through its close relationship with Fudan University in Shanghai, and is also the majority shareholder of the ISM University of Management and Economics (previously known as International School of Management) with around 1800 students located in Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania.[7]

BI Auditorium

Degree programs[edit]

Undergraduate (All taught in Norwegian except Business Administration),[8] Bachelor in:

  • Accounting & Auditing
  • Finance
  • Economics & Management
  • Business Administration (Taught in English)
  • Business Administration (Taught in Norwegian)
  • Retail Management
  • BI Professors
    Culture & Administration
  • Real Estate
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing
  • PR & Market Communication
  • Economics and Business Law

Graduate (Only available in Oslo; all taught in English except MSc in Professional Accountancy)

  • MSc in Financial Economics
  • MSc in Business and Economics
    • Majors: Economics, Finance, Marketing, HRM, Strategy, Logistics and Business Law, and International Management
  • MSc in Leadership & Organizational Psychology
  • MSc in Strategic Marketing Management
  • MSc in Professional Accountancy
  • Executive MBA (EMBA general management in cooperation with Nanyang Business School (Nanyang Technological University), Singapore and Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain and Haas School of Business (University of California at Berkeley), USA)
BI Library Area

The current Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) course at the Norwegian business school is fantastic.[citation needed] The new structure and the combination of the general EMBA courses with other renowned business schools in Europe, Asia, and the United States gives the program an additional edge. The new structure exposes participants to insights on business structure in Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America; hence, providing participants with a global business exposure.

  • EMBA in Energy Management (in cooperation with Nanyang Business School (Nanyang Technological University), Singapore and IFP, Paris)
  • EMBA in Shipping, Offshore, and Finance (in cooperation with Nanyang Business School (Nanyang Technological University), Singapore[9]
  • Executive Master in Energy Management (in cooperation with ESCP-EAP in Paris and IFP)
  • Part-time MBA in China (in cooperation with Fudan University in Shanghai)
  • M.S.c Lecture
    Master of Management programs in International Management, Project Commercial Management and Project Leadership
  • Several Executive Master of Management programs, including a relatively new specialization in security and cultural understanding created in cooperation with the Norwegian Armed Forces.[10]
  • Doctoral Programs (PhD)
TED Event at BI

Student organizations[edit]

The school has two student organizations, one for the main campus in Oslo and one for the other campuses. The Oslo student organization is called "Studentforeningen ved Handelshøyskolen BI i Oslo (no)" (SBIO) (English: The Student Association at BI in Oslo). This union was formed in 2005 after the relocation of the three locations in Oslo into one—Nydalen Campus. The three previous unions were called Bedriftøkonomisk Studentersamfund (BS), BISON and MØSS. BS was the oldest union, formed in 1964. The union for the other campuses is "BI Studentsamfunn" (BIS) (English: BI Student Community). This union was founded on 7 February 1987 and is today the largest student union of a private school in Norway.[11]

The student newspaper is named INSIDE, and its circulation is 11,000.

The all-male student choir is named UFDA The Choir Boys[12] and was established in 1986.[12]


BI is currently ranked 35th in the Financial Times ranking of European Business Schools.[13]

In 2009, BI was ranked by Eduniversal as the 35th most influential business school in the world.[14][15]

Quality accreditations[edit]

BI is accredited as a specialised university institution by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).[16]

BI has also received the following recognitions from private institutions:

  • EQUIS accreditation[17]
    Campus From the Inside
    • BI was the first Norwegian institution to receive the distinction EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)[18]
  • AMBA accreditation[19]
    • BI was the first Norwegian institution to receive the distinction AMBA[20]
  • AACSB accreditation
  • NOKUT accreditation

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "The organisation". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  2. ^ BI Annual Report 2015 (PDF),, p. 9, retrieved 2017-02-23 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ "About BI | BI". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  7. ^ "ISM University of Management and Economics - Vilnius - Lithuania -". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  8. ^ Silje Granli. "Bachelorstudier | BI". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  9. ^ "BI Norwegian Business School - Offshore, Shipping & Logistics Education". 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Executive Education | BI". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  11. ^ [4]
  12. ^ a b "UFDA - The Choir Website". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  13. ^ FT European Business School rankings 2016, Financial Times, 4 December 2016, retrieved 5 December 2016 
  14. ^ ""EDUNIVERSAL Global Top 100 Business Schools 2009"" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  15. ^ "University and business school ranking in Norway". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  16. ^ [5]
  17. ^ "EQUIS Accredited Schools". 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  18. ^ [6][dead link]
  19. ^ "AMBA - Association of MBAs". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  20. ^ [7]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 59°56′55.37″N 10°46′5.21″E / 59.9487139°N 10.7681139°E / 59.9487139; 10.7681139