Minister of Research and Higher Education congratulates BI

3 June 2011

Minister of Research and Higher Education, Tora Aasland and the Norwegian Ambassador in China, Svein O. Sæther congratulates BI Norwegian Business School and Fudan University with the 15 years anniversary of their joint master programme in China.

Greetings from Tora Aasland:

Today, the growing importance and influence of China is evident to everyone.  While Norway’s challenge on the international scene is to make ourselves visible in strong competition with much larger countries, China is in a position to choose partners from the top shelf.

Fudan University.

In a number of areas, however, China and Norway have common interests. This certainly applies for international cooperation within research and education, where new Sino-Norwegian initiatives are introduced on a regular basis. When it comes to the sharing of knowledge and ideas, quality is obviously more important than size!

This explains the extensive relations between Chinese and Norwegian researchers in such diverse fields as climate, environment, renewable energy and polar research. I am also pleased to notice that higher education co-operation is a growing field of interest. 

The fifteen years of collaboration between Fudan University’s School of Management and the Norwegian Business School (BI) clearly illustrate that research and higher education cooperation can be of mutual benefit to both countries.

Aristotle said about friendship: “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” I believe this to be a fair statement also when it comes to cooperation – and particularly when it comes to international cooperation.

The bonds between the Fudan School of Management and the Norwegian Business School have already harvested a lot of ripened fruits. I congratulate both institutions on their fifteenth anniversary of collaboration – and hope you will enjoy even more seeding and harvesting, through strengthening of the existing relations and through new partnerships, in the years to come.

Tora Aasland
Minister of Research and Higher Education


My warmest congratulations to BI Norwegian Business School and Fudan University School of Management on their 15 years of fruitful cooperation.

Since 1996, BI has been pioneering Norwegian academic cooperation with China through their programmes at Fudan University. Among others, BI has developed a highly esteemed Master of Business Administration (MBA), educating more than 1700 highly qualified business executives from China and abroad. BI is also an important contributor in building interest and knowledge about China in Norway, in particular among young students.

I wish BI and Fudan School of Management the best of luck for this important anniversary, and trust that the future will bring even broader cooperation to the benefit of Sino-Norwegian relations!

Yours sincerely,

Svein O. Sæther
Ambassador of Norway

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