BI recommended for accreditation as a Specialized University Institution

31 January 2008

Today BI Norwegian School of Management won support for its application to be approved as a specialized university institution.

This appears from a unanimous recommendation submitted by the assessment committee appointed by NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) to evaluate and review BI’s application and the quality of the school.


- The committee’s recommendation is a clear recognition of BI’s quality in education and research, says Professor Tom Colbjørnsen, President of BI Norwegian School of Management.


What does it mean that BI now seems within reach of accreditation as a specialized university institution?

- If NOKUT’s Board of Directors endorses the committee’s recommendation, thus enabling BI to approve its own educational programmes, this will mean that BI will be able to develop and offer relevant and high-quality educational programmes in line with new and changing needs for competence in Norwegian business and industry and the public sector more quickly than so far. We will save time and become more relevant than before. This is an important step towards fulfilling BI’s vision of becoming a leading business school in Europe.

The network model

In its recommendation the NOKUT committee states that “the way in which BI’s network model is practised and quality assured seems to guarantee that the education that is offered, whether at the main campus in Oslo or at one of the other study centres, is research-based and of equal quality.”

I am very pleased that the committee agrees with us that BI’s network model can be combined with high quality in education and research without any big problems. I am proud of BI’s unique network model, which provides Norwegian youth with an opportunity to study at a business school in the largest cities in the country and at the same time gives them the strength they need to contribute positively in tomorrow’s world of business and industry.


One of NOKUT’s responsibilities is to recommend improvement areas for all educational institutions that apply for accreditation. What recommendations has the committee given for BI?

We have been given a rather small number of recommendations for improvements, and we shall now consider very carefully how we can benefit from the committee’s recommendations, concludes Professor Colbjørnsen.

The final decision to be taken later

The final decision will be taken by NOKUT’s board, probably at the board meeting on 27 February or 10 April.

Contact persons:
Tom Colbjørnsen, President:  4641 0448 /
Nordan Helland, Information Manager: 4641 0840 /


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