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US Ambassador to Norway visits itslearning headquarters

US Ambassador to Norway Barry B. White meets with itslearning managers in Norway. 

October 17, 2012 - We had the honor of hosting US Ambassador to Norway Barry B. White at our headquarters in Bergen, Norway, this week.

In a meeting attended by itslearning CEO Arne Bergby, Mr. White, who was on an official visit to Bergen, met with itslearning managers and was given insight into itslearning’s operations.

On a sunny day in normally rainy Bergen, Mr. Bergby gave a presentation of the company that was followed by Trond Skeie, managing director, itslearning Norway, who talked about the pedagogical principles behind the learning platform.

“It was a very productive meeting,” Mr. Skeie says. “It was interesting to meet Ambassador White. He had extensive knowledge of the school system and technology industry in the US.”

Thousands of students in the US using itslearning

White was interested in learning about how itslearning, a Norwegian company, established itself in the US. In 2009, itslearning, which has offices across Europe, opened an office in Boston, Massachusetts. Today, thousands of US students and teachers use the cloud-based learning platform in schools across the US.

Mr. Skeie says the education landscape in the US and Norway share many similarities.

“We see that schools in the US and Norway are facing many of the same challenges,” Mr. Skeie says, adding schools in both countries are trying to figure out how to provide individualized education to large groups of students.

“I think that is where itslearning comes in,” Trond explains. “That´s where our technology can support, improve and enhance the learning process. We are not going to change the learning process, we are just going to make it better.”

Mr. White’s official visit included a meeting with Bergen Mayor Trude Drevland. Following his visit to Bergen, Mr. White, a lawyer by trade, will return to Norway’s capital Oslo where he resides. itslearning´s activities in the US account for a portion of the US$1 billion in trade every month between Norway and the United States.

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