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CBS BuildingThe Sauder School of Business and Copenhagen Business School (CBS) have announced a strategic alliance to dramatically increase collaboration. Motivated by shared values and a similar academic culture, and building on an active 16-year exchange partnership, the institutions signed an agreement providing stronger ties across a broad range of initiatives, including research, academic programs, student and faculty exchange, and other scholarly pursuits.

Opening the world to students and faculty
“Today’s agreement represents an important landmark in the University of British Columbia’s ongoing quest to open up the world to our students and faculty,” said UBC President Stephen Toope at the signing ceremony for the partnership held at CBS on June 27. “UBC’s goal is to create a learning institution that is a global hub for study, research and partnership, and the possibilities created by this agreement take us another step closer to realizing this vision.”

Sauder and CBS have identified several areas of mutual interest across a wide range of emerging disciplines, including business guided design principles, creative enterprise development and sustainable business. To further develop their common objectives, the schools will pursue collaborations in curricula development, the delivery of executive education, faculty research, doctoral supervision and the development of new teaching and learning platforms.

People in lobby of CBS Building

“This agreement with a very strong and highly regarded North American business school represents a new phase in the internationalization of CBS,” said CBS Acting President Alan Irwin. “The alliance will actively contribute to our education and research initiatives. It will also enhance the global mindset and mobility of CBS students, faculty and administrative staff while furthering our international reputation.”
 
“With the formal signing today we are celebrating a new relationship between two great international business schools,” said Sauder Dean Daniel F. Muzyka.  “This agreement formalizes our collective vision and will allow our institutions to innovate together for the benefit of our students, faculty and researchers in support of businesses and organizations in Canada and around the world. This represents yet another important move for Sauder toward creating an international platform for learning and research.”

The first initiative under this new strategic partnership will be the Sauder-CBS Health Care European Exchange. Students from the Executive MBA in Health Care offered by Sauder's Robert H. Lee Graduate School will travel to Copenhagen from August 21 to 26 to gain a European perspective on issues in healthcare leadership and management. During their time in Denmark, the team will learn from Danish and Dutch professors, and visit private and public health care organizations to acquire first-hand experience with experts in the field.

About the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia:
The Sauder School of Business is one of the world’s leading academic business schools. Located in Vancouver, the school provides a global business perspective informed by its location at Canada’s gateway to the Pacific Rim. The school maintains an international reputation for excellence in research, and has led Canadian business schools in grants and citations in major academic journals for more than a decade. With over 100 highly-regarded academics from around the globe, Sauder enjoys worldwide recognition for its excellence in research, teaching and outreach.

About the Copenhagen Business School:
Copenhagen Business School is home to about 18,000 students and has an annual intake of about 1,500 exchange students. With this number of students, as well as around 550 full-time researchers and 900 administrative employees, CBS is among the largest business schools in Europe. CBS’s overall strategy is to put learning into focus, to contribute more to society and to strengthen the region and engage globally.