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Copenhagen Business School, which resides in a bright, modern building imaginatively designed by Henning Larsen Architects, is known for its small class sizes, research-based faculty, international student body, and a program focus on innovation and social responsibility. Its location in Copenhagen, voted the world’s most livable city in 2013, adds to the school’s general attractions.
The diverse class offers a rich learning experience where Scandinavian values such as trust, teamwork, and respect for the individual permeate the curriculum inside and outside the classroom. Roughly a third of the class come from an academic background, while another third have undergraduate degrees in either economics or finance. Quants as opposed to poets, are dominant at Copenhagen. In fact, less than 20% of the Class of 2014 hail from humanities or social science educational backgrounds. A one-week, pre-MBA boot camp in accounting, statistics, and economics is held for people who want to brush up on their fundamentals. It’s recommended that poets take advantage of this pre-MBA work week.
The one-year curriculum starts off in early September with a leadership boot camp, part of a Leadership Discovery Program that runs through the year and is designed to help students craft their leadership skills. The core is intensive and laden with a great deal of pressure. MBA students speak of getting up at 6:30 a.m. to study and attend class. Given the brevity of this MBA program, there are only eight to 10 elective courses available in the last semester of the program, ranging from business development and corporate branding. The program ends in August.
A four-month strategy project, in which teams of students work with real companies in Denmark to help a management team resolve a strategy issue, is a culminating challenge of the program.
Among the big brand companies recruiting MBAs for work and strategy projects at Copenhagen are Maersk, Deloitte, Novo Nordisk, Ernst & Young, Carlsberg, KPMG, Accenture, Danske Bank, and Nordea. It’s an impressive roster of MBA hirers, for sure, given the small annual output of graduates. About a third of the class stays and works in Denmark, while a quarter lands jobs in the rest of Europe. All graduates are eligible to apply for a three-year Green Card, which allows you to live and work in Denmark for those three years.