Eighteen percent of the class are foreign students, representing as many as 23 countries. Two students shared the title “Best Student”, graduating with an A average.
Of the total of 437 students in the MSc Class of 2006-2008, 204 were at the graduation ceremony on Thursday December 11th. With 400 guests, that took the total to 600 persons in addition to the faculty participating in the event. The ceremony was held in the Finn Øien auditorium and had an international flavour with its 33 foreign students.
After the President’s congratulations, former BI student and now CEO of the Schibsted media group, Kjell Aamot, spoke to attentive students about what he looked for when recruiting fresh graduates. He had a lot of good things to say about the quality of new BI graduates and mentioned that Schibsted had hired several of them.
Executive Vice President, Jens Petter Tøndel, gave the prizes to the best master student. This year the prize was shared by two students, Trine Bretteville and Marie Elisabeth Holm, who had both taken master in international marketing and management.
Both could boast of an average of A; they have both been in their second year at Grand École and BI’s partner in Paris, ESCP-EAP. The two girls received high honours, a diploma, a BI watch, NOK 5,000 and tremendous applause from the audience.
The director of the master programmes at BI, Ann Kristin Helgeland Calisch, thought that this was a special graduation ceremony: “This is first and foremost an important event, a red-letter day for the students now graduating. This is a day they will remember for the rest of their lives. Of the 437 students who completed their Master of Science at BI, 52 of them are foreign, divided between 23 nationalities, which gives the BI master programmes a highly international flavour. Nor are there any other schools in Norway that hold graduation ceremonies with gown and mortarboard, so this is unique,” smiles Calisch.
Text and photos: Ole Petter Leite, Communication Advisor at BI Norwegian School of Management