Travels to Japan to gain relevant work experience
Last autumn, the government set a requirement for more practical training in education. NHH has taken steps to meet this requirement and is now sending students abroad to give them relevant work experience.
You can now integrate an international internship in your degree from NHH.
- The courses each consist of an approved internship (worth 5 ECTS) and a theoretical part (worth 2,5 ECTS).
- In the bachelor course the theoretical module concentrates on the experience itself of working internationally, and which learnings are to be had from the experience.
- In the master course the theoretical module consists of two parts; intercultural teamwork and the workings of economics/business administration theories in practice.
In the past five years, NHH's programmes have become increasingly practice-oriented. As of January 2019, students can work for a company abroad through the course Internship Abroad and have the work experience approved as part of their degree.
In February, Joachim Knudtsen Indrevik from Bergen will travel to Japan to work for Laerdal Medical. This company delivers life-saving first aid training and treatment equipment.
‘I feel privileged to have an opportunity to work with relevant tasks in an exciting company this early in my studies. Japan is an exciting country with a different work-life culture from ours, and I look forward to learning more about the company’, says the bachelor’s student.
PRACTICAL TRAINING AND CREDITS
‘It is important to NHH that its students are well prepared for working life, and that they form a clear idea of what their expertise can be used for at an early stage. We have therefore worked for a long time on establishing a credit-bearing high-quality practical training course’, says Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Linda Nøstbakken at NHH.
This autumn, the Ministry of Education and Research notified that it would present a white paper on closer collaboration between higher education institutions and companies, with special emphasis on strengthening the students’ practical training opportunities.
‘Business and industry is reorganising, meaning that the types of expertise businesses require are rapidly changing. NHH is actively working to make our programmes more relevant to the labour market the students will encounter, and this is one of many measures we have implemented in that regard’, says Nøstbakken.
EARN 7.5 CREDITS
Internship Abroad is open to both bachelor's and master's students and 7.5 credits are awarded for passing the course. The students must take a theoretical course and work for 150 hours on relevant tasks in e.g. economics, finance and marketing, to have the course approved.
Indrevik has been leader of the aid organisation NHH Aid. He now hopes his experience of working in Japan will help him when he goes on to choose a master’s degree and a future career.
‘I look forward to making new contacts and gaining relevant work experience and new impulses. I think future employers will recognise the value of work experience from abroad. Hopefully, the internship will be a door-opener in Laerdal Medical or other companies’, he says.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS THE WORLD
To ensure the quality of the course, NHH carried out a pilot project in Japan and Brazil in 2018. However, students can now look for jobs all over the world.
‘There has been a great demand for a scheme like this among both businesses and students. Many companies value international work experience. This course thereby strengthens the position of both NHH students and the relationship between NHH and foreign companies’, says Nøstbakken.
NHH will closely monitor developments in the labour market and update the course in step with the changes.
‘We will ensure that the students obtain relevant and high-quality work experience, and that the employers we select can offer the students a sound learning outcome’, says the Vice Rector.