QTEM has started!

28 October 2013

The new international network Master’s degree QTEM – Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management – started at BI Norwegian Business School this autumn. The students, partner companies, the Career Services and Master administration met up recently for the kick-off.

- The purpose of QTEM is to deliver the most attractive candidates to the labour market, and we think it is the quantitative profile that forms the basis for this, says Associate Dean Øyvind Norli.

This year’s students are Mads Tofthagen Aurvåg, Harrak Abdetaouab, Eirik Nymo Isaksen, Axel Jacobsen, Sharma Dipanshu and Magnus Melbø Opsand.

- We are very pleased with the first students admitted to QTEM, continues Associate Dean Øyvind Norli.

Competitive profile

One of this year’s students, Eirik Nymo Isaksen, was the editor of the student newspaper and worked in a PR office while studying. In spring he will be going on exchange to Lausanne in Switzerland. Then he will travel on to Taiwan for one semester before finishing his Master’s at BI for the last half year.

- I enjoy working with figures, but not just with figures. A future job for me would have to combine quantitative elements with communication and people, says Nymo Isaksen.

Another student who has had his eyes opened to this new field of study, is Sharma Dipanshu.

- I really like figures, and QTEM fits well with my profile. It also gives me a chance to stand out from the crowd.

Increasing need for analytical skills

There are three companies participating as BI QTEM Corporate Partners: Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Aker Solutions and Accenture. All QTEM students must complete at least eight weeks as an intern in the course of two years, and these companies can help with that. These companies see the importance of analytical skills.

- The complexity of business life has changed a lot over the last 30 years. We’re sure this development will not slow down, and that's why we need to recruit competent employees with strong analytical skills, says Managing Director at Accenture, Trond Berg.

Former BI student Per Skøien, who works with the Boston Consulting Group, agrees.

- We identify with the demands made on the students in the QTEM course. That’s one of the reasons why we want to be a partner company.

Facts about QTEM

- QTEM is a network collaboration with six European business schools at present: Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, HEC Lausanne, the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, the University of Amsterdam, LUISS Guido Carli in Rome and BI, plus two schools in Asia: College of Management, National Taiwan University, and the Graduate School of Commerce and Graduate School of Economics at Waseda University in Tokyo. The network will gradually be expanded with more schools from all over the world.

- Each school recruits 15–20 students from their Bachelor programmes. BI Norwegian Business School recruits from business economics and the Bachelor’s degree in finance.

- Students spend the first semester at home before going to study in two other countries and two schools. There, they take QTEM-approved courses. The students finish up with spending their fourth semester at home.”

- All schools contribute Corporate Partners. Even though these partners are not obliged to employ our students, it may be interesting for the students to consider these companies in connection with internships or their future careers."

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