StatoilHydro supporting research-based education
“With these agreements the group wishes to encourage innovation and research-based education in strategically important areas of expertise in the field of energy,” says Margaret Øvrum, executive vice president for Technology & New Energy.
The Akademia agreements strengthen StatoilHydro’s long-standing collaboration with Norwegian education institutions. Among other things, it is part of the group’s focus on science studies to secure necessary future recruitment for society and StatoilHydro. The Akademia agreements are covered by the group’s research budget.
Virtual signing of university agreement
The largest single agreement, worth nearly NOK 20 million over five years, was concluded with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU) on Wednesday 24 June. The NTNU is a key supplier of prominent research and future employees of StatoilHydro. The agreement was signed virtually via a big screen, SmartBoard and two collaboration rooms with high-tech equipment. Rector Torbjørn Digernes sat in a new virtual reality lab at the NTNU in Trondheim, while Margaret Øvrum was in a corresponding room in Bergen signing the agreement electronically.
The NTNU’s new virtual reality room, which StatoilHydro has supported, will improve the quality of petroleum education in line with industry needs. Students will be able to practise interdisciplinary collaboration here, gathering and processing real-time data and training in collaborative work practices between sea and land, across geographical and organisational boundaries.
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