In a debate in Arendal Wednesday, Ellingsen described the University of Agder as an important and active part of the cluster.
“There is a beneficial exchange of knowledge and labor. Industry engineers hold part-time positions at the university, and professors and other university staff hold similar positions in the industry”, said Ellingsen.
The close relationship has resulted in a world-leading mechatronics program at bachelor, master and phd level.
“This is recognized by large global corporations, which come to Grimstad to work with the university”, said Ellingsen.