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BI Norwegian Business School

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BI Norwegian Business School
Handelshøyskolen BI
BI logo full.svg
MottoMake it your business
TypePrivate University College
PresidentInge Jan Henjesand
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduatesapprox. 15,000
Postgraduatesapprox. 4,000
approx. 100
59.9489256, 10.7681019 N59° 56.9355', E010° 46.0861'
CampusOslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim
ColoursBI Blue #004976

BI Norwegian Business School (Bokmål: 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 Institutt (English: Institute of Managerial Economics), hence the abbreviation BI.

Current activities

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

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
BI Lecture

Campuses in Norway

  • Campus Oslo: the main campus is located in Nydalen, Oslo, the capital of Norway. Campus Oslo has more than 14,000 students.[6]
  • Campus Bergen: the second-largest campus is located in Bergen, the second-largest city in Norway. Campus Bergen has more than 3,000 students.[7]
  • Campus Stavanger: located in Stavanger, the oil capital of Norway. Campus Stavanger has approximately 1,200 students.[8]
  • Campus Trondheim: located in Trondheim, the third-largest city in Norway. Campus Trondheim has approximately 1,900 students.[9]

Activities abroad

BI has educated roughly 1700 students in China[10] 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.[11]

BI Auditorium
BI Auditorium

Degree programs

Undergraduate (All taught in Norwegian except Business Administration and Business Analytics)[12]

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

Graduate (All taught in English, except MSc in Accounting & Auditing and MSc in Law & Business)

  • MSc in Applied Economics
  • MSc in Business Analytics
  • MSc in Business
    • Majors: Accounting & Business Control; Economics; Finance; Marketing; Leadership & Change; Logistics, Operations & Supply Chain Management; Strategy
  • MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MSc in Finance
  • MSc in Leadership & Organisational Psychology
  • MSc in Quantitative Finance
  • QTEM Masters Network
    • Programmes: MSc in Applied Economics; MSc in Business Analytics; MSc in Business – major in Economics; MSc in Business – major in Finance
  • MSc in Strategic Marketing Management
  • MSc in Accounting & Auditing (taught in Norwegian)
  • MSc in Law & Business (taught in Norwegian)

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
BI Library Area
  • 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[13]
  • 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.[14]
  • Doctoral Programs (PhD)
TEDx Event at BI
TEDx Event at BI

Student organizations

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.[15] As of June 2019, the two student organizations have decided to merge into one student body, the name and other details of which will be decided over the summer of 2019.

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

The all-male student choir is named UFDA The Choir Boys[16] and was established in 1986.[16]


BI is currently ranked 49th in the Financial Times ranking of European Business Schools.[17]

In 2009, BI was ranked by Eduniversal as the 35th most influential business school in the world.[18][19]

Quality accreditations

BI is accredited as a specialised university institution by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).[20]

BI has also received the following recognitions from private institutions:

  • EQUIS accreditation[21]
    A view of Oslo Campus
    A view of Oslo Campus
    • BI was the first Norwegian institution to receive the distinction EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)[22]
  • AMBA accreditation[23]
    • BI was the first Norwegian institution to receive the distinction AMBA[24]
  • AACSB accreditation
  • NOKUT accreditation

Notable faculty and alumni



See also


  1. ^ a b c d "The organisation". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ BI Annual Report 2015 (PDF),, p. 9, archived from the original (PDF) on 16 January 2017, retrieved 23 February 2017
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 October 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 April 2005. Retrieved 17 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Campus Oslo". BI Norwegian Business School. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Campus Bergen". BI Norwegian Business School. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Campus Stavanger". BI Norwegian Business School. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Campus Trondheim". BI Norwegian Business School. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  10. ^ "About BI | BI". Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  11. ^ "ISM University of Management and Economics - Vilnius - Lithuania -". Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  12. ^ Silje Granli. "Bachelorstudier | BI". Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  13. ^ "BI Norwegian Business School - Offshore, Shipping & Logistics Education". 18 December 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Executive Education | BI". Archived from the original on 27 October 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ a b "UFDA - The Choir Website". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  17. ^ "FT European Business School rankings 2020", Financial Times, retrieved 2 February 2021
  18. ^ "EDUNIVERSAL Global Top 100 Business Schools 2009" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  19. ^ "University and business school ranking in Norway". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "EQUIS Accredited Schools". 10 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ "AMBA - Association of MBAs". Archived from the original on 30 January 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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