Sustainable Economics, Management and Innovations

The Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences invites you to apply for a wide range of courses to acquire new knowledge on around ethics and sustainable development relevant to the delivery of the UN's SDGs.

In 2015, the UN adopted the The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda sets 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and all nations are challenged to react urgently to address them.

The UN initiative states that “ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.”

Institutions for higher education and research have an important role in meeting these goals through their work in teaching, critical research and dissemination.

At Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), we have made sustainability one of our three strategic priorities.

The Norwegian West Coast Educational Initiative on SDG is a cooperation between the Department of Social Science, the Department of Maritime Studies and the Department of Business Administration at the Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences.

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The Norwegian West Coast SDG Educational Initiative

Autumn 2022, campus Haugesund

Business and maritime management in a sustainable world is an interdisciplinary course package, combining business administration and maritime management with a sustainable focus. This semester will provide you with qualifications within the area of entrepreneurship, shipping economics and leadership within maritime organizations.

Autumn 2022, campus Bergen

Autumn 2022, campus Sogndal

Spring 2023, campus Bergen

The courses for spring 2022 can be combined to a 30 ECT semester program. The setup of the courses is optional.

Spring 2023, campus Haugesund 

How to apply

Exchange students form our partner universities are welcome to use the normal procedure to apply for student exchange to HVL, and then choose these courses when accepted.

Other students are welcome to apply as "free movers". Such students must apply within Apr 20th for the Autumn semester 2022 by contacting Ole Jakob Bergfjord. Please attach relevant grade transcripts, a CV and a scanned copy of the ID page of your passport with your application email. 

There is no tuition fee for the program, but students must be prepared to cover their own expenses (travel, accommodation etc).

Contact information

bilde av Tom Skauge

Tom Skauge

Associate Professor

bilde av Tone Merete Brekke

Tone Merete Brekke

In Haugesund