Prime minister impressed by visit to entrepreneurship and industry house in Hamar

Prime minister impressed by visit to entrepreneurship and industry house in Hamar

Prime Minister Erna Solberg had a chance to try VR glasses during her Park visit (photo: INN University).

Prime minister Erna Solberg has voiced her enthusiastic support of the initiative and the unique educational opportunities offered by INN University

In the old premises known as "Midtbyen Park" (Mid-city Park), 6000 square meters have been transformed into an incubator for entrepreneurs, students and established companies. During the hour-long visit, the prime minister was able to meet those using the house, and had a chance to see, hear and try new technology – a visit which has left Solberg impressed.

Erna Solberg INN University

Prime Minister Erna Solberg alongside Hege Michelsen, dean of the Faculty of Audiovisual Media and Creative Technologies (left); Kathrine Skretting, INN University’s rector; and Marit Christine Berg Strandvik, head of institution at the Faculty of Audiovisual Media and Creative Technologies (right) (photo: INN University).

Exciting meeting

“It's exciting to experience this environment, and Hamar has done something right when they have chosen to focus on this,” said the prime minister.

PARK is a collaboration between the public sector, the business sector and the academia. The tenants consist of a large number of technology companies, including gaming development and virtual reality. INN University operates a state-of-the-art “Motion Capture Studio” and offers Norway's first VR/AR study programme.

Great potential

“Having created this educational path and the possibilities here, shows great foresight. We see this through the fact that students from all over Norway come to study here,” said Solberg, who met both current and former students from INN University.

“Here, people are educated for the future's labour market. It's extremely important,” concluded Solberg.

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