Merger of SIMI and CBS Executive programmes
Scandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI) and Copenhagen Business School (CBS) merge their international Executive programmes in a new joint organisation, CBS-SIMI Executive, thereby creating Northern Europe’s largest supplier of international Executive programmes at the highest level.
Located at Frederiksberg
CBS-SIMI Executive combines CBS’s internationally strong research profile with the close business relations of SIMI, which is focused on learning in the field. The purpose is to create a leading education centre that will benefit the Danish as well the international corporate sectors. The new centre will be located at the CBS Campus at Frederiksberg.
Anders Knutsen, Chairman of the CBS Board, believes that the new merger will create ample opportunities:
- CBS-SIMI Executive will be offering its students and course participants a strong international network, close relations to real-life businesses as well as insights into the newest international research on management and innovation.
SIMI Chairman, Kenneth Plummer, describes the collaboration with CBS as a unique opportunity:
- The very international and business-related educational concept of SIMI will be part of a global brand, thereby ensuring that the programmes benefit from international marketing, accreditations and rankings.
CBS President Johan Roos is very pleased that CBS will be able to draw on SIMI’s strong portfolio of study programmes and network of Danish and international businesses in the future .
- The merger gives us the opportunity to draw on each other’s strengths in terms of international Executive programmes. Closer interaction with corporate sector leaders will benefit the strong research environments at CBS. This way, we will not only be able to offer research-based teaching, but also education-based research, which will make us an even stronger competitor on the global knowledge market.
SIMI CEO Torben Klein also expects lots from the merger.
- There is no doubt that it will create strong synergy to combine SIMI’s business-based programmes, including their pedagogical anchoring in 'action learning', with CBS's strong research environments and broad academic qualities. In one go, we will be able to develop a wider range of programmes that will be better than those provided today by the two institutions combined. Therefore, we are looking forward to the collaboration, says Torben Klein, who is in charge of the merge process.