Trond I. Østgaard is the Managing Director of BI Norwegian School of Management in Buskerud, Vestfold and Telemark. BI has become one of the larger Higher Education Institutions in Norway and one of the largest business school in Europe.
Trond have been on several hundred trips with the Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruta) and he has taken a lot of pictures from his trips.
Facing out onto the Drammen River, Union Scene forms a part of Drammen´s water front. It is located in a district that is rapidly evolving into a new regional cultural centre, with the Papirbredden Science Park, a library, Café and restaurants, all in the Union area, right in the middle of Drammen.
Papirbredden, a unique environment of knowledge offering University College education, R&D activities, Library, knowledge-based companies and innovation partners. The-state-of-the-art library covers three floors, all with easy access. The Library offers everything from children´s books, literature of all kinds to the latest research databases. The students can enjoy themselves in first-class practice-rooms, auditoriums and labs. Papirbredden comprises three different university colleges: Buskerud University College, BI Drammen - the Norwegian School of management and Telemark University College.
In addition, the Papirbredden Career Centre is on the ground floor. The users are at the centre of attention at Papirbredden, while Papirbredden itself is literally in the centre of the town. Whether you arrive by train, bus or choose to cross the river on the new pedestrian bridge, Ypsilon, you will reach your destination in a few minutes.
BI Norwegian School of Management has become one of the larger Higher Education Institutions in Norway and one of the largest business school in Europe. Determined to become a major player in the knowledge economy BI Norwegian School of Management received, under the auspices of European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the European Quality Label Equis in 1999. (European Quality Improvement System).
BI is eligible for participation in programs authorized by the US Higher Education Act of 1965. The School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). BI Norwegian School of Management employs over 800 people and has about 340 faculty members. Over 80 of Norway´s major enterprises within industry, trade and services are linked with The Norwegian School of Management BI through various co-operation agreements.
Today the total number of full-time and part-time students exceeds 18 447. Mostly Norwegians and other Scandinavians, but with a growing number of international students from all corners of the world.
The BI faculty holds degrees from American universities such as Wharton, Yale, M.I.T., Harvard, Case Western and Stanford, from Swedish schools such as the University of Lund and the Stockholm School of Economics, and from many European schools such as INSEAD in France, Hochschule St.Gallen in Switzerland, Universität Stuttgart in Germany and the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK.