Situated in the affluent area of Frederiksberg, Copenhagen Business School’s (CBS) 23,000 students study economics, languages, communication, politics and more, all with a business and industry focus.
Originally established in 1912 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education, CBS started issuing accounting degrees in 1920.
Its acclaimed main campus at Solbjerg Plads was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen, and is typically Scandinavian. Its other buildings are spread throughout the city, all at a walkable distance.
CBS runs a substantial number of part-time programmes and courses. Those include 2-year executive masters to 4-year diplomas, alongside a summer university and short courses. In its teaching, the school says it aims to instil lifelong learning and leadership development required for executives, professionals and organisations alike.
It also comprises a separate commercial foundation, CBS Executive, which accommodates customised executive development programmes.
CBS offers MBAs with accreditation from AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, earning it the ‘The Triple Crown,’ an award held by only 69 business schools internationally.
It also prides itself on having close working relationships with industry. For example, its president answers to a board of directors from the business community, as well as the academic council, and its partners include KPMG, Google, Deloitte, Maersk, British American Tobacco and TK Maxx.
The school uses what it calls ‘Business in Society Platforms’ to encourage inter-disciplinary work, focusing on sustainability, public-private partnership, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and maritime issues. It also encourages an international outlook, teaching 200 courses in English and with exchange agreements in place with other universities.
CBS’ 700-seater library holds up to one million visitors a year, and the institution is shifting away from physical collections toward digital, with more than 177,000 e-books and 44,87 online journals. The school prides itself on replacing computers at least every third year.
For over two decades CBS has had a strategy of global development and internationalisation that it plans to continue in the coming years.