Left-right: Andre Tofteland, Faculty Director, Linda Hye, Manager of Executive Education Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO at GCE NODE, Kristin Wallevik, Dean at the University of Agder’s School of Business and Law and Gøril Hannaas, Associate Professor.

“As an international business school in a globally oriented region, we intend to increase our interaction with the industry and industry clusters”, says Kristin Wallevik.

As Dean at the University of Agder’s School of Business and Law, Wallevik and several of her colleagues met with GCE NODE Wednesday.

The School of Business and Law, located in Kristiansand, is the third largest business school in Norway with close to 2,000 students at bachelor and master level.

“One essential part of our mission is to produce the right candidates for the business and industry sector. We are first and foremost a business school, but we also benefit from being part of a university with other areas of expertise”, says Wallevik.

In Wednesday’s meeting, CEO Anne-Grete Ellingsen at GCE NODE emphasized the need to develop a more sustainable industry with increased focus on permanent cost reductions, less detailed specifications, more intelligent use of data and more onshore controlled operations.

“Our industry faces new requirements, such as a reduced carbon footprint and more sustainable solutions, new and cost-effective technology and increased sharing of data”, said Ellingsen.

In building competence to meet current and future needs, GCE NODE is eager to strengthen an already strong relationship with the University of Agder.

The University’s School of Business and Law is currently conducting several continued learning courses such as Supply Chain Management and Innovation Management designed especially for GCE NODE companies.

“Feedback from ‘NODE students’ are very positive, and we look forward to repeating old and developing new courses”, says Ellingsen.


April 18th 2024

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