We recently were told by the BSR Stars programme that the grant application we submitted back in October has gone through! This is very good news indeed, in particular for the work we are doing in the Agder region for the Learning Layers project since it gives us a solid framework to further develop and sustain our engagement with local stakeholders.
As a reminder, the INET-ICT-LEARN project, or short ‘INET project’, brings Danish and Norwegian companies and knowledge centres from the ICT and service sector together to develop use cases and explore new business opportunities in mobile workplace learning and digital content. The project can be seen as a platform to exchange knowledge and expertise, develop common business opportunities that open up new international markets, and build long-lasting relationships between research, education, and private actors. The project runs for a year and is led on the Norwegian side by the Digin cluster (ICT) and Innovation Performance AS and on the Danish side by the InfinIT network (ICT) and the Service Cluster Denmark.
On the Norwegian side, the project helps us address two pressing demands from regional industry related to learning and training. First, ICT for collaboration and learning can help strengthen the links between companies and the region’s schools and universities that are so important for innovation and growth. There is an opportunity here for ICT companies in Digin to provide the infrastructure and services that stimulate and support business-to-research activities and initiatives. Second, there is a need to support customers in acquiring the skills and competences so they can make the most effective use of the often very complex products they buy. Companies in the four clusters in Agder can build on ICT for learning to create new service offerings for their customers that address this gap in knowledge, skills, and competences.