Norway - learning region development summary

Within our knowledge Norway has not been highly active in learning city development, with the exception of the area around Oslo, and in particular the city of Drammen and the region around it. Thanks to the drive of Ingunn Sandaker, a Professor at the Hogeskole Akershus, The City of Drammen participated in many of the early European learning cities projects such as TELS, NewTELS, LILLIPUT, INDICATORS and PENR3L. It learned much from this participation and inspired several of the politicians to also become involved. Other municipalities became involved with these, for example Grue, a community to the East of Oslo. Thus the city developed projects in schools, museums, libraries and business and industry. Perhaps as a result of its efforts a new satellite education facility of the University of Oslo has been built in the city, linked closely to a new heritage centre, Pappirbredden.

Activity expanded into the region around Drammen when it decided to become involved with the PASCAL PURE project, an initiative to link universities more closely with the development of their region and to use their expertise, knowledge and skills to improve social, economic and environmental wealth.