Great success at Folkemødet 2016

Among other things, Folkemødet on Bornholm included great contact with stakeholders and a vivid panel debate.

30 June 2016

Cphbusiness was strongly represented at Folkemødet (The People’s Political Festival) on Bornholm and used the days to talk to potential students, get in contact with big and small companies, and to talk to both people from the business life and politicians.

Visiting future business partners

- We had the political agenda at Folkemødet, and we wanted to get in contact with different decision-makers so that we can create better framework conditions for our study programmes and the business academies in general, says Jacob Jersild, Director of Finance and Resources at Cphbusiness.

Lecturers and deans visited, among other things, Bornholm’s Medieval Center, EDC, Nybolig, home, banks and stakeholders from the service and financial business.

At theses places, the lecturers and deans networked with possible internship companies for the students at Cphbusiness’ full-time study programmes and potential future work places for the students.

- I visited Bornholm’s Medieval Center that currently has two interns from Bornholm and three interns from Cphbusiness Nørrebro, whom they are very pleased with, tells John Callisen, Dean – Service and Experience at Cphbusiness Nørrebro.

- I was also in contact with representatives from HORESTA, Dansk Erhverv and 3F, and my employees talked to people from for example JENSEN Denmark and Holbæk Municipality, who were all interested in our approach to education, so next year we will have to network even more, continues John Callisen.

Panel debate about the road to growth

On Friday 17 June, Cphbusiness held a panel debate about “The road to growth through higher education at Bornholm”. The marquee was filled up during the whole debate, and Kasper Kronenberg from TV 2 controlled the panel debate.

Among others, Bo Steen Larsen, Dean – Economy and Finance at Cphbusiness, challenged the politicians on the lack of student housing on Bornholm for both students from Bornholm and Copenhagen.

- Both academically and politically, there are good reasons for us to participate in Folkemødet. For example, I spoke with representatives from the business life and politicians, and it is a good thing that we in this way emphasise that we take the regional coverage seriously, says Bo Steen Larsen.

The following participated in the panel debate on Friday June 17:

  • Lene Feldthus Andersen, Managing Director, Centre for Regional and Tourism Research
  • Mariane Dissing, Managing Director, Financial Sector’s Employers' Association (FA)
  • Lotte Helms (V), Chairman, Business and Growth Committee, Bornholm’s Municipality
  • Jonna Nielsen (A), Member, Business and Growth Committee, Bornholm’s Municipality
  • Mette Fjord Sørensen, Education and Research Manager, Dansk Erhverv – Confederation of Danish Enterprise
  • Bo Steen Larsen, Dean – Economy and Finance, Cphbusiness

The purpose of the trip was to increase the salience of Cphbusiness’ study programmes on Bornholm and the other study programmes, and it is the plan to be a part of Folkemødet on Bornholm once again in 2017.

View the pictures from the trip below: