The aquaculture industry heads back to school


22 June 2016 13:58

(updated: 22 June 2016 14:02)

The aquaculture industry heads back to school

A number of players in the aquaculture industry are looking for more knowledge about sustainable innovation. In cooperation with the NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster, NHH is therefore establishing a new MBA programme to cover the demand.

“Norway is undergoing a national voluntary restructuring and most people are finally realising that one of Norway’s great growth industries will be the seafood and aquaculture industry. Therefore we want to gain greater insight into how we can create sustainable innovation for future growth,” says Tanja Hoel, Director at the NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster.

The cluster took an initiative towards NHH, which has developed an entirely new MBA programme for experienced leaders and specialists in fields in and around the international marine environment.

“A tailor-made programme”

Anne Lorgen Riise, Head of Human Resources at Marine Harvest,  the world’s largest salmon company, says the programme has been awaited. 

Facts about the programme:

  • A two-year/four-semester, part-time programme that gives 60 credits and the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sustainable Innovation in Global Seafood.
  • Topics that will be covered: sustainable resource management, economies, industrial analyses, strategic decisions, sustainable business models, finance and accounting, international leadership and innovation and change.
  • The target group is leaders and specialists working in the seafood or related industries.

“In order for our companies to continue to develop in a sustainable direction, we must invest in the global leaders of the future. This programme is tailored to meet our needs for more knowledge about sustainable innovation, internationalisation and global leadership,” says Anne Lorgen Riise.

Although the programme was developed based on an initiative from the leading global salmon companies in the seafood cluster, it is an open programme that aims to recruit participants worldwide.

Adopting new technology

The programme is in English and will, contrary to traditional programmes, be carried out via webcasting, Skype conferences and study visits to international campuses in Asia and North America.

“Since the programme is open to participants from all over the world, we are making use of new learning models that link participants and lecturers tightly together. It is an exciting challenge that I look forward to getting started with,” says Associate Professor Linda Nøstbakken, who is responsible for the academic content of the programme.

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