BI Norwegian Business School

BI's history year by year

On this page you find the history of BI, year by year.

2014: Accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

2014: Election of President 
Professor Inge Jan Henjesand elected as new Presidient of BI Norewgian Business School.

2011: English name changed
The English name was changed from BI Norwegian School of Management to BI Norwegian Business School

2010: Election of President 
Professor Tom Colbjørnsen elected as president

2008: NOKUT 
NOKUT (The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) has decided that BI will obtain the status of a specialized university.

The President

Inge Jan Henjesand

Meet Inge Jan Henjesand, the President of BI Norwegian Business School. He is the organisation’s most senior general manager and is employed by and reports to the board.

2006: New President 
Professor Tom Colbjørnsen has been appointed new President of BI Norwegian School of Management.

2006: Founder passes away 
BIs founder, Finn Øien, passed away 27th of January

2005: New campus 
BI moves into its new campus in Oslo, Nydalen

2004: Reaccreditation by EQUIS

2003: Anniversary 
BI celebrates its 60th anniversary in Oslo Town Hall

2003: Cooperation 
Start of the international executive MBA programme in cooperation with ESCP-EAP, Paris

2003: BBA 
Start of the international Bachelor in Business Administration programme 

2000: Lithuania 
The International School of Management in Lithuania is established. BI is the majority shareholder

1999: Accreditation 
EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development

1998: Dr. Oecon 
BI is awarded the right to confer its own doctoral degree

1996: China 
Start of Master of Management (Change Management Programme) in China in cooperation with Fudan University, Shanghai

1993: Doctoral programme 
Establishment of a doctoral programme in cooperation with the University of Oslo and Copenhagen Business School

1990: Master studies 
Start of the international MBA and Master of Science programmes

1988: Sandvika 
BI opens a new building in Sandvika in addition to two other teaching venues in the Oslo area

1987: Three-year offer 
All local campuses offer three-year Bachelor’s programmes

1985: Siviløkonom 
BI is awarded the right to offer the “Siviløkonom” degree (Master in Business and Economics)

1985: National network 
Establishment of the network of campuses in Norway

1983: Four professors 
Appointment of the first four, full professors

1979: Expanding again 
BI moves yet again to a bigger building

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

1967: Expanding 
BI moves to a bigger building in Oslo

1967: First computer

1964: Academic staff 
Appointment of the first five permanent lecturers

1959: New campus 
The first BI campus outside Oslo is established in Drammen

1954: Approval 
BI students become eligible to receive student loans from the State Educational Loan Fund.

1946: Full-time programme 
Launch of a two-year full-time programme in “Office Management”.

1943: The establishment 
Finn Øien establishes Institute for Business Economics “Bedriftsøkonomisk Institut” (BI) as a private corporation offering evening classes.