”We are very pleased with the number of applications, given the increasing market competition for business and administrative education,” says President of BI Norwegian Business School, Tom Colbjørnsen.
He believes the increase is due to a combination of many different factors.
”According to Statistics Norway, the demand for business administration qualifications will rise sharply in the years ahead. Students applying for programmes in economics and business administration are making a wise choice,” Colbjørnsen says.
The BI president also emphasises the good prognoses for finding a job after graduation.
”Nine out of ten BI students find a job after graduating from BI. The figures confirm that we provide high quality relevant education which is sought after in the labour market,” Colbjørnsen continues.
Greatest increase for master programmes
This year, as last year, the greatest increase in applications was for master programmes. Applications were up 15 per cent compared with last year, from 1311 to 1510 applicants.
The largest increase was for Strategic Marketing Management, which is up by almost 40 per cent. Applications for the two-year master programme in Business and Economics have increased by 22 per cent.
”The significant increase in applications for our master programmes is a sign of academic recognition,” says BI President Colbjørnsen.
This year too, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of international applicants. The number of applicants is up by almost 20 per cent compared with last year.
”The increase in the number of international applicants shows that we provide an education which is also in demand abroad,” Colbjørnsen says. ”We are working to make a degree from BI more attractive to employers, abroad as well as at home.”
This year’s bachelor winner
The number of applications for bachelor studies has increased by a total of 12.5 per cent, from 7458 to 8387 applicants. The highest increase in applications was for BI’s Bachelor in Real Estate, which is up by almost 33 per cent. Applications for the Norwegian-taught programme in Economics and Business Administration have increased by more than 15 per cent and the number of applications for the international programme Business Administration (BBA) taught in English is up by more than 36 per cent. Close to 80 per cent of all BBA applications are from international students.
All figures are as of 25 April 2011.
Applications for BI are accepted right up until the start of term in August.
BI Norwegian Business School had 19 998 students in 2010.
All BI’s campuses have seen an increase in the number of applications.