The A.P. Møller Foundation donates DKK 40 million for a professorship at Copenhagen Business School
A new ten-year grant creates the basis for CBS to employ an internationally recognised professor in entrepreneurship – and thus compete with the best business schools in the world.
CBS demands an international capacity within the art of creating successful new companies – and a donation of DKK 40 million from the A.P.Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller’s Foundation for General Purpose now makes it possible for CBS to headhunt among the world’s leading experts.
– We are extremely happy with this generous donation from the A.P. Møller Foundation. CBS finds that entrepreneurship should contribute to the economic growth that Danes can make a living from in the future, and we are now able to attract an international top researcher to benefit both students and the business community, says Per Holten-Andersen, President of CBS.
CBS expects to appoint a Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller-professor and relevant research staff during 2013. This endowed chair in entrepreneurship will strengthen research and educational strategies significantly within this area in Denmark. Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Chairman of the A.P. Møller Foundation, explains:
– For Danish companies to continue to develop, and for new ones to be created, only the best knowledge base is good enough. An international top researcher will not only support the cooperation between the business community and research, but will also inspire and challenge the brightest Danish lecturers and students within the field. This is completely in the spirit of our former chairman of the board, my father Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, and it is therefore natural to link his name to a world-class professorship within this field.
CBS is at the centre of research in entrepreneurship and four out of ten research publications on entrepreneurship in Denmark are written by researchers from CBS. The students at CBS are also active entrepreneurs: The student “greenhouse”, the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, right now has 52 companies in the start-up phase. Over the last decade, CBS has broadened its activities and now offers two master’s degree programmes in the topic. In addition, from next year, CBS is offering a bachelor degree programme in innovation and entrepreneurship as well as electives within this subject at all educational levels.