Poul Hedegaard CBS MBA Director

The Copenhagen MBA will be taught face-to-face in the fall

CBS’ MBA Director, Poul Hedegaard, talks about why and how our Full-time MBA course, known as the Copenhagen MBA internationally, is planning for a face-to-face MBA experience come October.

We are fully aware that the pandemic is still raging around the world, and we are following developments closely. Business schools and students everywhere have been acutely affected by the swift spreading of the virus, and we are impressed by the rapid move to online teaching and student collaboration seen during these uncertain times. This kind of support and sense of community allow us to look ahead and plan for the future.

Here in Denmark, there are many encouraging signs of life returning to a post-lockdown reality. We have recently begun to reopen our borders, and  we are cautiously optimistic that the situation will continue to improve. Our campus embarked on a gradual reopening in August as part of the government’s reopening plan and come fall, our Full-time course is currently planned as a face-to-face MBA with the new intake that are due to start in October. Making sure, of course, that we are taking all necessary precautions when it comes to social distancing to keep our students and staff safe. With some small adjustments as to how our MBA faculty deliver the course, we are currently planning to teach in the classroom, as well as offer access to opportunities with local businesses.

Our new 2020 intake is shaping up to be a great cohort of MBAs.

Denmark’s response to the Corona crisis

Of course, planning for a face-to-face MBA experience would not be possible were it not for Denmark’s impressive response to the coronavirus pandemic. The government locked down the country early on in March and put in place legislation that gave them full powers to make decisions quickly and decisively. Because of the high degree of trust our citizens have in the authorities this was well supported. The Danes themselves took the whole thing seriously, we queued and sanitised and cooperated with everything we were asked to do. This is testament to the respectful, egalitarian nature of our societies. And it is a wonderful environment to do business in.

Perhaps it is the outdoor nature of life in Copenhagen that has helped too. Many people choose to travel by bike and spend time in the numerous green spaces in our beautiful city. Public transport has reopened with some minor restrictions, shops have opened their doors and it is possible to visit bars and restaurants adhering to social distancing requirements.

It seems that we are in a society that has managed to deal with this situation relatively well and there is a value in learning from this for your management experience and education. There is value in studying in an environment where best practice rules have been learned and implemented.

Looking to the future

With students coming from all parts of the world it is vital we keep abreast of the fast-changing travel guidelines. Border restrictions are slowly easing, some flights have resumed and by the time classes start in October we are hopeful that Denmark’s restrictions will have been lifted further.

And looking further to the future? Of course, Denmark has been affected by the crisis and subsequent lockdowns and businesses are adjusting to shifting demands, but our government took many of the lessons it learned from the 2008 crash and offered support packages to businesses in the region. The job outlook is reasonably positive in Denmark which bodes well for students after graduation.

Find out more about the Copenhagen MBA here.