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.