Happiness is what we all aspire for, and Denmark – the world’s second happiest country – certainly has many things to make its citizens and visitors happy. For starters, Denmark offers one of the world’s top working environments where work-life balance and self-development are encouraged. Denmark enjoys a high level of safety as well.
Living in Copenhagen – Denmark’s capital city – is another reason to be happy, as Matthew Nichols, Head of International Delivery at cBrain — a software company listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic — and Copenhagen Business School Full-Time MBA Class of 2020 graduate, can attest to. “Copenhagen is consistently ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world,” the American graduate says. “The ease of getting to the airport and direct flights to so many places in Europe is also a huge plus. There is also some beautiful nature not far outside the city.” Nichols relocated to Denmark for the programme, found a lot to like and stayed on to forge a career here.
For Indian national Prajakta Patil, a Class of 2020 MBA graduate who is now a Product Marketing Manager for Airtame – which creates a screen sharing device for schools and businesses – she is attracted to Copenhagen’s working culture rooted in equity, balance and minimalism. A sustainable lifestyle, business and economy only sweeten her urban experience here further.
High quality of life and natural beauty aside, Copenhagen is home to Copenhagen Business School. The Business School is ranked among Europe’s top 20 business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek for 2021-22 as well as among the top 30 business schools ranked by the 2021 Financial Times European Business School Ranking.
At the same time, Copenhagen Business School is Denmark’s biggest educational and research institution for business administration and economics, with over 23,000 students and 1,500 staff. With a wide range of subjects offered, from the social sciences and humanities, the School is able to examine and research business issues within a wider social, political and cultural context.
However, what truly sets Copenhagen Business School apart from many international Business Schools is their “triple crown” accreditation from The Associate to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), The Association of MBA (AMBA) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Just 1% of business schools worldwide have earned this highly prestigious accreditation for the high quality of their business programmes, teaching and faculty quality, and student’s capabilities, making Copenhagen Business School’s MBA qualification a valuable one for future business aspirants.
“The Copenhagen MBA integrates principles of corporate sustainability seamlessly into its curriculum. I have met different companies pioneering sustainability in Denmark and this gave me great insight into how the concepts traverse from theory to practice. I cherish this opportunity to experience the applicability of corporate sustainability concepts hands on,” says Class of 2020 Indian graduate Basabdutta Rose, now a Contract Manager at Cadeler, a key supplier within the offshore wind industry for installation services, operations and maintenance works.
Indeed, the Copenhagen Full-Time MBA (FTMBA) – an internationally recognised qualification – touches upon the famous Scandinavian business model of ethical decision-making, social responsibility and green agenda that have shaped many sustainable business practices.
In fact, sustainability is big in Copenhagen, owing to Denmark’s long history of agriculture and fishing, and great respect for nature. Many businesses – for example, tourism, culinary and even architectural development – are eco-friendly and more sustainable in terms of energy efficiency; city-planning is becoming greener as well since Copenhagen aims to be the world’s first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025.
Unsurprisingly, sustainability is then a core research area within Copenhagen Business School too.
“There is no better place than Copenhagen Business School to learn about sustainable business practices,” says Professor Andreas Rasche, Associate Dean for the Full-Time MBA programme. “This has been a priority research area of ours for many years, and we possess cutting-edge insights into how CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and sustainability are incorporated into organisations operating at the forefront of this field.”
Besides sustainability and business, students participate in innovative programmes such as the Leadership Discovery programme – a professional development course about effective leadership.
“That programme in particular, coupled with the case studies and discussions we had in the class, really challenged us to think differently and ask questions from a different angle,” Lizelle Van Schouwenburg, a South African who enrolled in the Full-Time MBA in 2019, says. She is currently VP of Business Performance and Strategy at ZeroNorth, which supports shipping companies around the world in optimising their business while reducing CO2 emissions.
At the same time, the Full-Time MBA programme attracts many professionals from different backgrounds and industries, giving a distinctly international flavour to the study experience. With many participants coming from abroad, future global networking possibilities are made easier and possible as well.
“The Copenhagen MBA gave me a new injection of energy, immense knowledge on subjects, and fantastic times with many highly skilled people,” Priyanka Bansal, a graduate from India who is now a Portfolio Leader for IKEA, enthuses.
Not only are classes diverse, but they are also kept intentionally small for greater interaction, learning and support among their peers. What is more, the world-class teaching staff work closely with them to uncover their talents and potential.
“The Copenhagen MBA has helped me to enter the market with the competencies to create change and a skill-set that enables me to be a leader in sustainability and ESG,” Natalie Cote, a Class of 2021 graduate from Canada, shares.
The best is saved for the last – all students can explore numerous job opportunities thanks to the School’s long-time links with many international and regional organisations. On top of that, they receive personalised coaching from the ever-supportive MBA Career team to enhance their career-readiness.
As a result, many Copenhagen MBA graduates easily secure opportunities to work at top sustainable companies like Ørsted, Vestas, CHR Hansen.
All in all, if you are interested in sustainability, want to do an innovative MBA in one of the happiest cities in the world and have a fulfilling career, the Copenhagen MBA is the one for you. Start your journey today with Copenhagen Business School.