The reason is that these courses for quite some time have attracted too few students to cover the costs of running them. Forecasts for the autumn of 2011 indicate that this trend would have continued. BI relies on profitable bachelor courses to reach its strategic targets and therefore feels forced to discontinue the two courses.
“It’s a pity to have to close down courses that hold a high academic standard. But our vision is to become one of Europe’s leading business schools, and to do that we need profitable courses that give us the financial strength to develop further in the typical business school subjects,” says Tom Colbjørnsen, President of BI Norwegian Business School.
Students who have already begun these courses, will be able to complete them according to plan.
Colbjørnsen understands well that the professionals affected are unhappy with these bachelor programmes being closed down. “This is a readjustment project. And even though the two bachelor courses will be closed down, the affected disciplines will remain important contributors to BI’s other course and study portfolio,” Colbjørnsen concludes.