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The IB Union’s mission is to improve student life for students of the BSc in International Business at Copenhagen Business School. The union strives towards improving both academic and social skills of the IB students with various offers of both academic and social events and material resources for all IB’ers.
Spring 2021 at CBS
CBS expects that COVID-19 will still be a significant societal issue in the spring, and therefore the university has already begun planning the spring semester.
It is CBS’ assessment that the most likely scenario is that there will still be limits on how many people can gather combined with requirements of social distancing.
CBS knows how much it matters to most students to be able to come on campus and meet their lecturers and their fellow students. Therefore, the university is planning the schedules in such a way that most classes can take place on campus – in a safe and secure way.
Recently in the Union…
Recently, IB Union was thrilled to welcome Reinout Croon as the speaker for our second IB Xplores webinar – this week’s topic being Global Supply Chain Management.
IB students had the pleasure of listening to an expert in the field and apply their theoretical understandings to A.P. Moller – Maersk – a very relevant and well-known casestudy. Reinout Croon provided insight into the multifaceted roles of the supplychain manager from both the consumer and activity perspective, and emphasised the importance of integration and digitalisation in the processes constituting supply chain management. Reinout also addressed the ramifications of Covid-19 in the field – namely, the unpredictability and chaos it imposes on the supply- and demand-side – though also how to harness one’s management capabilities to make it through the storm.
And perhaps the most important takeaway students should remember when the time comes to embark on the next stage of their professional careers – “choose a company, which has the same values as yourself”.
Thank you, Reinout Croon, for the advice and for the fascinating insights you provided us with. And thank you for taking time out of your day to speak with us – these are invaluable learning opportunities.
In April, IB Union held the first of many future webinars as part of the new-found academic initiative – IB Xplores. The theme of the first webinar was Macroeconomics, and we had the pleasure of welcoming Michael Svarer as our speaker.
IB students gained insight into the impact of the coronavirus on the Danish economy and how corporations and the government are attempting to navigate through these times, with focus on mitigating the fallout of the lockdown on businesses and individuals. Michael also highlighted the important variation between sectors within the economy. It is clear that determining the appropriate stages of reopening the economy is no easy task, as the health and economic consequences of opening the various sectors must be carefully weighed, to determine what presents most economic value with the most limited danger.
These are just some of the many takeaways students have gained from the truly fascinating webinar with Michael Svarer. It is both incredibly valuable to transfer Macroeconomic theory from the classroom into practice, and gain deeper understanding into the workings behind current events. Thank you, Michael, for taking time out to speak with us, and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!
In February, IB Union had the pleasure of hosting the IB Alumni event 2020 – Ups & Downs. The evening was filled with valuable career advice, interesting career stories, laughter and networking. We were happy to hear the experiences of Anders Philip Skovsgaard Valentin, Frederikke B. Kaysen, Kim Rants and Martin Collignon, four IB alumni, while gaining many insights and (hopefully) learning from their advice.
Everyone appreciated the different perspectives, whether those were due to different industry experiences or challenges the speakers had faced. The personal angle of these career stories was truly something unique. Some key points made during the evening were to pursue the things that make us happy, to have a plan b and to trust our instincts.
We would like to say a special thank you to our amazing sponsors who made the evening possible, The LEGO Group, KPMG and Djøf. Through our sponsors we got to hear about the services offered by these companies.
Thank you again to our academic team for working hard in order to make this evening a possibility, Celiane Bjørn Lindestrøm, Anders Dupont and August Solliv!
Earlier on, it was that time of the quarter again… the first IB Dinner of the semester, the year and the decade, and everyone was extremely excited!
Once again we partnered up with The Zoo and secured the best possible deal for everyone. On top of that, everyone had the chance to win some alcohol! This time, every dinner was assigned a theme for their dinner, and they had to send us a picture of their group before a certain time.
The winners were selected and they received alcohol at The Zoo. Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to seeing you again next time!
In January, the first IB Friday Bar was held to ensure that the IB’ers going on the ski trip were prepared, and everyone was, of course, more than welcomed.
Wearing the best after ski wear (no less had been allowed) and showing us how you would convince the French at La Folie Douce that Danes (and international IB’ers!) party the best, were the main goals behind such event that ended up being on point. All kinds of skiwear were accepted, there wasn’t discrimination between Helly Hansen, Salomon, SOS, Kari Traa, Odlo, etc. IB Union just wanted you to feel prepared for the trip of the year, and, at the end of the game, our mission was accomplished!
In December, IB Union hosted an insightful event with one of the largest professional service firms in the entire world, namely PwC.
We were honored that former IB students from such a large organization took their time out of their busy schedules to partner up with IB Union to inspire students, We got an inside in how PwC finds new talent and how we should handle future job interviews.
A huge thank you to Christine Nordam Andersen for arranging the event and to the speakers Anders Rona Duer, Cecilie Glamann, and Johannes Zwicky for taking time out of your day to come and talk to us. We very much appreciate your efforts!
What to wait for?
IB Gala is the largest IB event of the year inviting every IB’er to an exclusive ceremony with beautiful cocktail dresses, suits, 3-course dinner, champagne, photographers, awards and surroundings only an IB’er worthy. The IB Gala aims to give the IB’ers a change to show off their nicest outfits enjoying a nice meal jointly with all IB’ers across the three years.
How do I sign up?
A Facebook event is always created one month and a half before the IB Gala. Stay tuned to our social networks, so you won’t miss out any important deadlines.