Experiential Learning 2018-Norway

Borre in Norway was the destination for the International Maritime Business Experiential Learning Program in the summer of 2018. Our students spent three weeks at the University of Southeastern Norway, which is about an hour and thirty minutes away from Oslo, Norway’s capital. This particular program was designed for fifteen students to complete a maritime course curriculum involving green shipping and sustainability as worthy ambassadors to the United States. During the summer school, the students studied and collaborated with other international students pursuing their masters in maritime management. These individuals were from countries all over the world to include; Greece, Mongolia, Iraq, Turkey, and Bangladesh. Our students were challenged intellectually and culturally to work alongside the international students both in and outside of the classroom. Instructors from John Moore University in Liverpool, UK provided a lecture series focusing on the balance of environmental challenges with economic demand, in addition to autonomous shipping and maritime clusters. Their final project was to work in mixed groups to create a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis of the material. Students had the opportunity to visit many leading organizations such as Wilhelmsen Headquarters and the Norwegian Shipowners Association. They expanded their knowledge of port and terminal operations by visiting local ports such as the Port of Drammen and the Port of Horten. Cultural field trips included visits to maritime museums and a dinner cruise to Sweden! In their downtime, MMA students spent their time socializing over a barbecue with the international students and exploring the country. Overall, it was an incredible opportunity that each student took full advantage of.

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