Oct 13
Study visit to Norway

Between 11 and 13 of October 2016, within the framework of an international project financed by Norway Grants, fifteen people from District 18 of Budapest and from Vecsés participated in the professional study trip to visit the municipalities of Lillehammer and Ullensaker. The study visit was organized and arranged by Per Eriksson and Bent Kure, two employees of the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Lillehammer University College.

The following organizations participated in the study visit:

  • Municipality of 18th District (Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre) of the Capital City of Budapest
  • Municipality of the town of Vecsés
  • District 18 Office, Government Office of the Capital City Budapest
  • Budapest Airport Ltd.
  • King Sigismund University
  • Association of Adult Education Providers

The delegation was led by Attila Ughy, the mayor of District 18 and by Csaba Szlahó, the mayor of Vecsés.

On Tuesday 11th October the delegation visited Lillehammer University College (LUC), which is also one of the partners in the project, where they met Rector Kathrine Skretting, and in the seminar that followed, they could listen to presentations about LUC and the Centre for Lifelong Learning (by Mette Reichelt), public sector in Norway (Aksel Hagen), gender awareness (Janneke van der Ros) and methodology for lifelong learning projects (Bent Kure). In the afternoon, they visited the venues of the Winter Olympic Games 1994 and the open air museum Maihaugen. The day was finished with a dinner at a local brewery.

Wednesday started with a visit to Lillehammer Municipality where they met the Mayor of Lillehammer Espen Granberg and City chief executive Tord Buer Olsen. The latter gave a colourful presentation about how Lillehammer does succeed in capacity building regarding sports events in winter and summer. The group then headed for the capital of Norway, Oslo, where they had the opportunity to walk around and see the Opera, The Royal Castle, The Parliament, The Oslo waterfront and other places of interest. After a good dinner at Aker Brygge, the delegation headed for the hotel located close to Oslo Airport Gardermoen.

Thursday was completely spent at Ullensaker Municipality where the International Oslo Airport Gardermoen is located. The delegation was received by the Major of Ullensaker Tom Staahle who together with Åge Vebostad, Head of Planning and Development and his colleague Architect Jeta Limani Andreassen gave an introduction on how Ullensaker plans and works to ensure capacity building. In Ullensaker, they also listened to and discussed presentations of Torgeir Kjos Sørensen, director of Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Steinar Kristiansen, director of Innovation Gardermoen, Director of Transport, County of Akershus and Gry Husøy, Director of Ullensaker Department of the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration.

Gabriella Mazurka from the Association of Adult Education Providers summarized findings about the labour market and the training needs in and around Budapest Airport.

The day was concluded with an internal workshop led by Borbála Bodzsár before the group headed for the airport and their flight home to Budapest.