BI to launch Executive MBA - Shipping, Offshore and Finance

7 July 2008

As the only educational institution in Norway and with very few global competitors, the BI Norwegian School of Management is launching a new Executive MBA in shipping, offshore and finance.

Former President of both the International Institute for Management in Switzerland and the BI Norwegian School of Management, Peter Lorange – who currently holds a post as professor II at BI – will be responsible for parts of the programme’s academic content.

The MBA programme is a collaboration between the BI Norwegian School of Management and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and will start in January 2009. The programme’s target group is senior and middle managers working in the shipping, petroleum, energy, bank, finance and maritime sectors. The MBA programme is highly internationally orientated.

”For the first time ever, we will be offering a global senior management programme directed towards the shipping and offshore industry. The programme is part of our international commitment. The objective is to become a leading, global player in shipping education,” says Jens Petter Tøndel, Executive Vice President Individual Programmes.

”There is an acute demand for new employees in the industry and the industry is highly competitive. It must always endeavour to employ the brightest minds, keep them and ensure that they remain the best. This programme will combine the very latest in research and theory with practical management skills,” says Tøndel.

Close links between academia and the industry

An important role will be played by a special Advisory Board comprised of leaders from the industry. They will function as advisors and guest lecturers and make sure that the contents of the programme is relevant to the shipping and offshore industry.

”When developing new programmes, we always maintain close links with business and industry. In this case the link to the businesses will be handled by the Advisory Board,” Tøndel continues. 

In addition to Peter Lorange being academically responsible for parts of the programme, Professor and former President of the Norwegian School of Management BI, Torger Reve, will play an important professional role. Reve currently heads the Maritime Competitiveness Research Centre at BI and holds the Wilhelmsen Chair. The Nanyang University will provide equally prominent academic resources.

Double degree

“Our collaboration with the Nanyang University means that the students will be awarded a double degree and be given a diploma from both schools,” Tøndel concludes.

Half of the programme to take place in Singapore

The programme, which consists of six modules each lasting 12 days, will run over 18 months. Half of the programme – three modules – will be taken at the Nanyang University in Singapore. Singapore is considered the shipping capital of the world, and the Singapore authorities have been helping shipping and offshore companies establish a presence in the country for a long time. The Nanyang University has broad expertise in this field, and was ranked as the third-best business school in Asia.

Contact information:
Executive Vice President Individual Programmes Jens Petter Tøndel: + 47 4641 0404
Head of BI Shipping, Kristin Omholt-Jensen: + 47 4641 0854
Head of Information, Nordan Helland: + 47 4641 0840

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