NHH to strengthen its international collaboration

Photo of Rector Øystein Thøgersen and people talkning at the ENGAGE.EU conference 2021. Foto: University of Mannheim
ENGAGE.EU: ‘We are pleased to be part of an international alliance of strong institutions that we know well and that share our vision of contributing to solving the major societal challenges of our time,’ says Rector Øystein Thøgersen (to the left). Photo: University of Mannheim
NHH By Ingrid Aarseth Johannessen

5 November 2021 09:07

NHH to strengthen its international collaboration

An international alliance of leading educational institutions in Europe will cooperate to address the major societal challenges of our time. 'This is an important project for NHH,' says Rector Øystein Thøgersen.

It is especially challenges related to climate change, sustainability, artificial intelligence and digitalisation that will be explored through the collaboration. Recently, more than 100 people from all seven educational institutions in the alliance were gathered in Mannheim for the first physical conference.

‘Continuous quality development and updated knowledge are required to achieve NHH’s ambition to be an internationally leading business school. That is why NHH’s “benchmarks” are still other outstanding international institutions. We are therefore pleased to be part of an international alliance of strong institutions that we know well and that share our vision of contributing to solving the major societal challenges of our time,’ says Rector Øystein Thøgersen, who participated at the conference.

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About the alliance

  • ENGAGE.EU is a European alliance of in the fields of business, economics, and the social sciences. It aims to provide the research institutions with the skill set and competences needed to tackle major societal challenges.
  • The alliance comprises seven leading educational institutions: NHH Norwegian School of Economics, University of Mannheim in Germany, Luiss University in Italy, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole in France, and WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria.
  • So far, ENGAGE has funding for three years (2020–2023).

Will establish several courses

The European alliance has three focus areas: establishing a joint campus for engaged learning, developing research and innovation networks and collaborations relating to major societal challenges, and getting society and the labour market involved through new arenas for collaboration and life-long learning.

The alliance, which is called ENGAGE, has a particular focus on ‘seamless mobility’, where the goal is that students at the different partner institutions will take courses across national borders. Several courses are already available to students through the alliance’s online exchange initiative.

‘We are working to develop our own signature courses and modules that will highlight the value of ENGAGE even more. They will address the societal challenges the alliance sees as most important and will be offered digitally or as a hybrid solution,’ says Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Stig Tenold, who was also at the conference.

The alliance will also develop three joint programmes that all the partner institutions will offer, including a joint master’s degree in responsible management. The other joint programmes include a double degree in sustainability and climate change, and a series of specialisation courses in digital transformation for master’s students. Luiss University in Rome will also organise a summer school next summer.

Photo of board members in ENGAGE.EU. Photo:  University of Mannheim
Recently, more than 100 people from seven educational institutions in the ENGAGE.EU alliance were gathered in Mannheim for the first physical conference. The photo is of the governing board members in the alliance. Photo: University of Mannheim

An excellent match with NHH’s strategy

Thøgersen believes that this collaboration is unique in the European context and that it ties international educational institutions together in a completely new way.

‘There is also an extensive overlap between ENGAGE’s overriding goals and NHH’s strategic objectives. Our strategy emphasises that we shall have an outstanding learning environment, top-level research, and, not least, that we will educate people to pursue value creation and sustainable development. The alliance contributes to all of this,’ says Thøgersen.

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