Making the most out of Nordic collaboration

We, the Executive Board of KY, visited the rainy but charming Oslo together with our fellow Nordic boards in the end of September for the Nordic Forum 2018.

Nordic Forum is a conference held every year to bring together the managements and boards of the student organizations in leading Nordic business schools to learn about each other, to discuss relevant topics and issues that concern all of us, find ways for further collaboration between our organizations and of course – you guessed it – to network with like-minded people.

Nordic Forum was held on the Oslo campus of BI Norwegian Business School

Representatives of CBS Students

Currently the student organizations included are SHS from Hanken, SASSE from Stockholm School of Economics, CBS Students from Copenhagen Business School, SBIO and BIS from BI Business School in Norway, NHHS from Norwegian School of Economics, and SHSG from University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (as the only non-Nordic business school).

Although we have quite different structures in our organizations, as some are more project-run and others act solely as an umbrella for independent clubs and societies, we are really similar in e.g. the amount of members, the status of the business school and especially in the struggles we face.

This year the Nordic Board, consisting of the presidents and the board members responsible for Nordic collaboration of each organization, set guidelines on organizing Nordic Forums to improve continuity and relevance of the conferences for all participants. Now the conference focused on sector-specific discussions on topics suggested by the participating organizations, to get the most out of expertise in each sector. We also had workshops on improving the continuity of our boards and organizations, and on improving Nordic collaboration.

Nordic Board 2018

The new Nordic Forum guidelines being signed

So what concrete benefit do we actually get from it? To give an example, Masters’ Club was benchmarked from our Nordic partners and has definitely given a lot to our community. This year, some of the main topics have been on wellbeing, harassment and inappropriate conduct, transparency, and integration of international students. Some benchmarks for possible future projects include anonymous feedback channel on kyweb.fi, improved onboarding of new volunteers and board members, clear guidelines on the use of our premises and improved course feedback systems.

Next year Nordic Forum will be held much closer, since it will be SHS’s turn to organize the event in spring in Helsinki. Also the focus is now on making the Nordic collaboration year-long by kicking it off with the Nordic Forum in spring, instead of a one-off conference weekend late in the year. Improving the Nordic collaboration and making the most out of it is a continuous process with slow but significant benefits, which is why we are so happy to have taken a leap forward with the new guidelines. After all, our Nordic partners are the most important benchmarks for us and most of all, our lovely friends.

 

Emilia Eräpolku
Member of KY Board
International Affairs, Community, Probba