NHH most popular despite conflicts

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Studies at the Norwegian School of Economics (Norges Handelshøyskole, NHH) in Bergen remain the most popular in the country despite some highly publicized conflicts involving the school’s newly departed chief executive and a tough election campaign for the school’s new dean.

Fully 2,265 students listed an economics and administration major at NHH as their first choice when applying to colleges and universities for studies from the fall. A total of 117,159 applied for spots in Norwegian, and economics studies at NHH attracted the most. Next in line was law school at the University of Oslo, followed by law school at the University of Bergen. Outgoing NHH dean Jan I Haaland told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) that he was extremely pleased by the strong interest in the school’s economics studies.

Haaland, meanwhile, is about to be replaced by Frøystein Gjesdal, who won a tough campaign for the job that split faculty and students. While nearly 75 percent of the student body was believed to prefer Professor Victor D Norman as new dean, and only 12 percent wanted Gjesdal, Gjesdal had the support of the scientific faculty and ended up securing 66.5 percent of the vote in elections last week.

NHH is also getting a new chief executive after Ole Hope quit amidst conflict over his reorganization of the school’s central administration. DN has reported that the reorganization process is now under review by consulting firm PwC. Hope announced earlier this month that he’ll be taking over as new director for Business Region Bergen, a city-owned firm meant to improve conditions for businesses in the Bergen area.

newsinenglish.no staff