Photo: From BI's facilities in Frysjaveien.
1943: The establishment
Finn Øien establishes Institute for Business Economics “Bedriftsøkonomisk Institut” (BI) as a private corporation offering evening classes.
1946: Full-time programme
Launch of a two-year full-time programme in “Office Management”.
BI students become eligible to receive student loans from the State Educational Loan Fund.
1959: New campus
The first BI campus outside Oslo is established in Drammen
1964: Academic staff
Appointment of the first five permanent lecturers
1967: First computer
BI moves to a bigger building in Oslo
1969: State funding
BI receives its first state funding for full-time studies and is converted from a private corporation to a not-for-profit foundation
1979: Expanding again
BI moves yet again to a bigger building
1983: Four professors
Appointment of the first four, full professors
1985: National network
Establishment of the network of campuses in Norway
BI is awarded the right to offer the “Siviløkonom” degree (Master in Business and Economics)
1987: Three-year offer
All local campuses offer three-year Bachelor’s programmes
BI opens a new building in Sandvika in addition to two other teaching venues in the Oslo area
1990: Master studies
Start of the international MBA and Master of Science programmes
1993: Doctoral programme
Establishment of a doctoral programme in cooperation with the University of Oslo and Copenhagen Business School
Start of Master of Management (Change Management Programme) in China in cooperation with Fudan University, Shanghai
1998: Dr. Oecon
BI is awarded the right to confer its own doctoral degree
EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development
The International School of Management in Lithuania is established. BI is the majority shareholder
Start of the international Bachelor in Business Administration programme
Start of the international executive MBA programme in cooperation with ESCP-EAP, Paris
BI celebrates its 60th anniversary in Oslo Town Hall
2004: Reaccreditation by EQUIS
2005: New campus
BI moves into its new campus in Oslo, Nydalen
2006: Founder passes away
BIs founder, Finn Øien, passed away 27th of January
2006: New President
Professor Tom Colbjørnsen has been appointed new President of BI Norwegian School of Management.
NOKUT (The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) has decided that BI will obtain the status of a specialized university.
2010: Election of President
Professor Tom Colbjørnsen elected as president
2011: English name changed
The English name was changed from BI Norwegian School of Management to BI Norwegian Business School