As part of the Seafood Innovation Clusters goal of strengthening education in the Seafood industry, we have established close relationships with some of the most prestigous educational institutions in the Bergen region.

The Seafood Industry offers many exciting opportunities, and is an attractive industry for talented students. The Cluster support projects aimed at promoting further education in the seafood industry.

New MBA in Seafood Innovation

Among the Clusters Supporting partners are the Norwegian School of Economics(NHH), Norway's oldest business school, founded in 1936. Since it's opening, the Norwegian School of Economics has been the leading Norwegian research institution in the fields of economics and business administration. As one of Norway's most important and fastest growing industries, the seafood sector offers exciting opportunities for students of economics and business.

In collaboration with the Norwegian Business School (BI), NHH is developing the MBA Global Seafood Innovation Management (GLOSIM). MBA Global Seafood Innovation Management (GLOSIM) program is developed for current and future executives. It has an overall perspective that is based on a comprehensive understanding of the value chain in the seafood industry. Academic focus is directed towards organizational management, and includes aspects of, but not limited to, related disciplines such as innovation, economics, management, marketing, organizational theory and economic management. During the course participants will, through analysis of competitive situations, be able to develop management tools in terms of strategies and frameworks. They will be able to make better decisions and have acquired a better understanding of the essential factors for innovation as a driver for development and competitiveness. Graduation will give the degree "Master of Business Administration in Global Seafood Innovation Management".

New Master of Science

The University of Bergen is amongst the largest research institutions in Norway. The University of Bergen offers a wide selection of study programs relevant to the activities of the cluster, for example law, biology, economics and different social sciences. The University of Bergen runs a marine biological research station, and recent studies show that marine research at the University of Bergen is amongst the best in the world.

The University of Bergen, Dept. of Biology, in collaboration with Bergen University College (HiB) and Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) will be offering a study program towards a degree as civil engineer in seafood science (seafood candidate). The study program will have a duration of 5 years, the equivalent to a master degree, and will be offered as a 5-year integrated program, with option for international students with the required background to be accepted into the program at specific steps. The target group for the program will be students who are at the beginning of a career in the aquaculture industry, and students will be recruited both nationally and internationally. Teaching will be given in Norwegian or in English as required.

Collaboration with upper Secondary Schools

The cluster will work to strengthen educational programs in upper secondary schools, and have signed cooperation agreements with two upper secondary schools in the Bergen region-area, Amalie Skram VGS and Austevoll VGS.

Amalie Skram VGS

The Seafood Innovation Cluster and Amalie Skram Upper Secondary School has signed an partnership agreement for a new platform that brings the seafood industry into teaching, and research into education. The project was launched at the start of school in autumn of 2014, and is unique in Norway. Amalie Skram is a brand new college with 2000 students, located in the city centre of Bergen. The main goal of the partnerships is to foster collaborations between seafood industry, university researchers and colleges in order to develop new greater knowledge and expertise in the seafood industry.

As part of the partnership agreement and in cooperation with Bergen Marine Research Cluster, there will be permanently placed an advanced measurement station in Store Lungegårdsvann. The recorded data will be integrated into the teaching of scientific subjects. In addition, the Cluster actively supports the school’s international study programs (Japan) related to seafood markets, industry lectures and industry projects. This unique initiative aims to shorten the distance between Bergen city’s new school and the internationally recognized seafood business and research communities surrounding it.

Austevoll VGS-Blue centre of Educational Expertice

As part of the "Blue centre of Educational Expertice"-proposal, the cluster are also cooperating with Austevoll upper secondary school, located in Austevoll, south of Bergen. Austevoll Vidaregåande Skule (AVS) and Bergen Maritime Fagskule (BMF) have long traditions of close cooperation between the maritime and marine industries and the educational institutions. The Blue Centre will strengthen education by stronger implementation of science and technology. The Cluster has signed a letter of intent to ensure that the latest knowledge, techniques and processes would be given to students as quickly as possible. Discussions are ongoing with the Hordaland County, Austevoll Kommune and the research station at the Institute of Marine Research in enabling the co-location of a state of the art campus for teaching, learning, research and industrial activity. AVS has recently signed a cooperation agreement with Cluster partner Lerøy with regards to the operation of an educational farming facility.

The Cluster are also developing own, independent projects, like The Seafood Trainee Program and Master and PhD-Scholarships.