Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) (Financial Counselling) is moving to Herning

It was a specific suggestion from an employer panel of moving the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) (Financial Counselling) from Aarhus to Herning that got the Director of Studies at BTECH Jan Laursen and Vice-dean Peder Østergaard thinking back in the fall of 2016. The suggestion has now resulted in the decision to offer the programme in Herning as of the autumn of 2017 after many years of declining applications figures in Aarhus.

2017.05.03 | Tine Bagger Christiansen

The Department of Business Development and Technology. Photo: AU Foto

For many years, the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) (Financial Counselling) has been placed in Aarhus, but now the programme is moving to Herning - more specifically to the Department of Business Development and Technology (BTECH), Aarhus BSS.  This is the result of a close dialogue with financial institutions in Central and Western Jutland which have had a visit from the Director of Studies at BTECH Jan Laursen and Vice-dean at Aarhus BSS Peder Østergaard during the spring.

Each year, the financial institutions deliver a lot of students to the programme, and they are very positive towards the idea of geographically moving the programme.  Being able to offer potential students yet another exciting programme is a great plus for the Herning area.

Insight through close dialogue
Vice-dean Peder Østergaard is convinced that educational institutions should be in constant and close dialogue with employers. Dialogue is what forms the basis of academically and professionally well-founded decisions which take into account the reality in which the employers operate:

 “Getting access to the engine rooms of companies and organisations gives us great knowledge and insight into their needs and what is going on. Through dialogue, we can create the best framework for our degree programmes and ensure that they meet society’s need – both locally and nationally. In this process, the involved employers have also demonstrated great openness and enthusiasm, and it is obvious that the dialogue benefits both parties.”

“We are very pleased with our dialogue with the financial institutions and look forward to their continuous support,” says Director of Studies Jan Laursen from the Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus BSS in Herning and continues:

“When we spoke to the different financial institutions, we could clearly sense that this geographical area - for several reasons - has a specific need for a programme in financial counselling. By listening to a specific industry, we were thus able to identity an employer need. We have now acted on this need and have made a decision, which we believe is the right one for this specific programme.”

About the programme
The programme is targeted at everyone who works with financial counselling and who are looking to upgrade their competences.

To be admitted, students must have completed the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) part 1, be an AP Graduate in Financial Management, have a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management, or a have completed an academic profession degree programme in financial counselling or the equivalent (find out more about the admission requirements, at: http://bss.au.dk/efteruddannelser/hd/hd-i-herning/optagelseskrav/ )

The application deadline for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) is 1 June. Here, it will become clear whether moving the programme will also result in more applications.

Read more about the programme

Further information
Director of Studies Jan Laursen
The Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus BSS
Mail: janl@btech.au.dk
Direct tel.: +4587166972
Mobile+4561620208

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