Opening doors to Clusters of Excellence in Denmark

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It’s easy to thrive in a global powerhouse. Hence, Greater Copenhagen’s reputation for attracting business aspirants from every corner of the globe — now, more so than ever thanks to its 13 national and public-funded Clusters of Excellence. Each consists of companies that work in collaboration with knowledge institutions and various other ecosystems to encourage development, spearhead innovation, accelerate growth, and create value.

Focus areas include defence, space and security; environment technologies; finance and fintech; life science and welfare technologies; sound technology; digital technologies; energy technology; food and bioresources; design and fashion of furniture; advanced production and manufacturing; robot and drone technology; animation, games and movies; as well as building and construction.

Working alongside one of these innovative sectors has never been easier thanks to The Copenhagen Full-Time MBA. Offered by the “triple crown” accredited Copenhagen Business School (CBS), this internationally-recognised programme nurtures critical insight into the admired Scandinavian business model — one that prides itself on ethical decision making, social responsibility and a green agenda.

Graduate Laura Formigo confirms this, stating: “Studying the MBA in Copenhagen enabled me to get closer to a different way of doing business, in which sustainability plays a big role.”

Formigo credits the programme’s well-rounded nature for expanding her professional development. The Digitalisation concentration she chose taught her about platform business and how to use data to study new perspectives. Juggling business cases, papers requiring significant reflection, immersive team projects, and exams helped her become more efficient with her time.

More importantly, the Leadership Delivery Process — a key element of The Copenhagen MBA — helped her fine-tune her management skills. Today, she uses these competencies proudly as a Senior Finance Partner at global healthcare company Novo Nordisk  — a role she credits to her MBA journey.

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Laura Formigo. Source: Copenhagen Business School

“During the MBA we had several speakers from Novo Nordisk in class, which included the previous CEO and the Head of Global Access department,” Formigo explains. “It triggered my interest in the company and their work. When I saw my current position listed on LinkedIn, I promptly applied to it and here I am. I will also add that the careers team at CBS did an excellent job at guiding me through the interview process.”

Sharp guidance is made possible by an intentionally small cohort of just approximately 45 students a year, ensuring everyone receives individualised attention while developing a career. This support is available to all aspirations — CBS houses plenty due to its MBA’s unique emphasis on flexibility. Four concentrations are available to those looking to specialise in a certain area: Digitalisation, Entrepreneurship, Finance, or Governance and Sustainability. With such topical options, it’s easy to join a specific Danish cluster as graduates.

While Formigo is currently making a name for herself in the life science and welfare technologies cluster; Norsyafiqah Othman is doing the same for the food and bioresource cluster as a Business Developer for world leader in biological solutions Novozymes. Dylan Espegren works within lifestyle and design cluster as a Product Manager for renowned design house GUBI. Meanwhile, Nina Lupan is advancing the finance and cluster as Chief Consultant of Strategy at Danske Bank’s Group Technology and Services department.

These achievements are typical of MBA students who gain substantial experiential knowledge during their studies, such as through The Copenhagen MBA’s Internship Project, which enables learners to top off their qualification with a work placement at a Danish company. In the process, they acquire commercial insight and perspective while exploring cutting-edge research and techniques at esteemed organisations like Casa, Danske Bank, Deloitte, Flow Robotics, Implement Consulting Group, Nordea Bank, Leo Pharma, Milestone, and Pandora, amongst many others.

The best part? The journey does not have to end for international graduates who are ready to take on the Danish world of work. Successfully completing The Copenhagen MBA means you can apply for a post-graduation work visa. CBS works quickly in matching students with graduates who can help them meet their goals — most of whom are ever-willing to serve as mentors. Their insights are especially crucial to third-semester students in need of a clearer plan, a better understanding of their chosen industry, or valuable insider knowledge of the Danish job market.

To find out how else a CBS education can prime you to succeed in Denmark’s Clusters of Excellence, click here.

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