BI Norwegian Business School

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BI Norwegian Business School
Handelshøyskolen BI
BI logo full.svg
Established 1943
Type Private University College
Administrative staff
Students 19,649
Location Oslo, Norway
Affiliations EFMD
BI Nydalen Oslo- Inside view
Brand-new Nydalen Campus.

BI Norwegian Business School (Norwegian: Handelshøyskolen BI) is the largest business school in Norway and the second largest in all of Europe.[1] BI has in total 5 campuses with the main one located in Oslo. The university has 831 employees consisting of an academic staff of 419 people and 412 administrative staff. In 2013, BI Norwegian Business School had 19 649 students, of which 10 889 were full-time students. BI Norwegian Business School is a private foundation and is accredited by NOKUT as a specialised university institution.


BI Norwegian Business School was founded in 1943 by Finn Øien as Bedriftøkonomisk Institut (English: Institute of Managerial Economics), hence the abbreviation BI. The current president is professor Inge Jan Henjesand. Past presidents include Jørgen Randers, co-author of the Club of Rome Report Limits to Growth; Peter Lorange, former president of IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland; Leif Frode Onarheim, a former member of the Norwegian Parliament and current CEO of leading Norwegian fish farming company Marine Harvest.

Current activities[edit]

[2] As of 2013, the school has 19,649 students made up of 52% women and 55.6% full-time students Thereby, the Bachelor of Science programs have 15,570 students and the Master of Science programs have 3,968 students. 1,300 are international students. There are 831 employees, of whom 419 are faculty and 412 are administrative.

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 170 foreign institutions in 45 countries.[3]

The internationally award winning main campus in Nydalen (Oslo)[4] was designed by Niels Torp,[5] who also designed Gardermoen Airport.

Norsk Kundebarometer[edit]

Nydalen Campus.

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.[6]

Campuses in Norway[edit]

Activities abroad[edit]

BI has educated roughly 1700 students in China[7] 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.[8]

Degree programs[edit]

Lecture Hall in Nydalen.

Undergraduate (All taught in Norwegian except Business Administration),[9] Bachelor in:

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

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)

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[10]
  • 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)
  • 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.[11]
  • Doctoral Programs (PhD)

Student organizations[edit]

Main Entrance in Nydalen.

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" (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.[12]

The student newspaper is named INSIDE, and its circulation is 11,000.[13]

The all-male student choir is named UFDA The Choir Boys[14] and was established in 1986.[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]
    • 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]
  • NOKUT accreditation
  • Eduniversal award[21]
    • BI received an award by EDUNIVERSAL as one of the 35 most influential business schools in the world[22]

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