BI 80 years: “Celebrating the past, embracing the future”

Our anniversary 1 June 2023 will be filled with activities from early morning until late evening.

  • Starts:08:00, 1 June 2023
  • Ends:23:30, 1 June 2023
  • Location:BI - campus Oslo

On our anniversary on 1 June we will reflect on the journey that has brought us to where BI is today and celebrate our past achievements and the many individuals who have contributed to our success. We will use this day to showcase the expertise and knowledge from some of our best faculty members and debate both current and future challenges with representatives from Norway's main business leaders. 

This is an opportunity to not only celebrate our past achievements. We will be looking to the future and embracing new opportunities and challenges with positive energy and optimism. We will celebrate the past and embrace the future.

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  • Flag raising and fanfare by Oslo Bugle & Drum Corps outside the main entrance

  • Opening

    President Karen Spens by the Finn Øien statue.

  • Leaders toolbox: Tar du sjansen på tillit?

    By Professor Bård Kuvaas.
    Read more about the event (Norwegian).  

  • Leaders toolbox: Slik blir du en bedre formidler.

    By Høyskolelektor Nina Vogt.
    Read more about the event (Norwegian).

  • Experience zone 

    Take a walk through the last eighty years and learn about important milestones in BI’s history illustrated side by side with major historic events in both Norway and in the world.  

  • Exclusive lunch for BI seniors and emeriti

  • VIP Business seminar for invited guests from business and industry.

  • Anniversary ceremony

    An unforgettable event filled with speeches, tributes, films, and great entertainment. 


    • Karen Spens, President, BI Norwegian Business School  
    • Previous BI presidents; Jørgen Randers, Peter Lorange, Torger Reve, Tom Colbjørnsen and Inge Jan Henjesand in an informal conversation with current president Karen Spens 
    • Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Editor E24 and former Minister of Education and Research (2013-2018), Minister of Trade and Industry (2018-2020) and Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion (2020-2021) 
    • Åse Aulie Michelet, Chair, BI’s Board of Trustees
    • Martin McKibben Linde, general manager BISO  
    • Ron Tuninga, AACSB Vice President and MD Europe, Middle East and Africa
    • Oddmund Løkensgard Hoel, State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Research
    • Stefan Hyttfors, Acclaimed futurist, author and global speaker 
  • Anniversary party

    We welcome invited guests to a social evening celebrated with the extended BI family in the great open space of our campus in Oslo. There will be food & drinks, and entertainment reflecting the main decades of BI’s history.