Attracting and developing top talents within cancer R&D and entrepreneurship is one of Oslo Cancer Cluster’s key strategic areas. The cluster collaborates closely with Ullern Upper Secondary School to educate tomorrow’s researchers and entrepreneurs. Ullern Upper Secondary School is integrated in Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park.
Ullern Upper Secondary School and Oslo Cancer Cluster have been working together since 2009, a collaboration that have resulted in an offer to the students at Ullern to learn through internships and educational lecturers hosted by members of the Oslo Cancer Cluster – outside the textbook and the framework of a traditional classroom environment. In an educational agreement we have decided on 21 different collaborative projects.
These are some examples of what the students at Ullern are offered:
▸ Internships at Oslo University Hospital and Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Here the studenets learn more in debth on specific topics such as radiation biology, infectious diseases, how to kill cancer cells, and how to communicate science and health related issues – to mention some. The internships take place in real laboratories and research groups at the intitutions mention, where the students learn from researchers.
▸ Guest lectures on different themes given by booth researchers and business leaders from Oslo Cancer Cluster members.
▸ “Gründer Camps” on different subject in collaboration with Oslo Cancer Cluster member companies and Centre for Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneurship, Oslo. See a video featuring one of the “Gründer Canps” here. The video is made by a group of Media and Communications students at Ullern interning with the Oslo Cancer Cluster Management Team.
These activities are repeated annually and every class year at Ullern are given the chance to participate.
Raising competence in science
Oslo Cancer Cluster and Ullern Upper Secondary School also collaborate on raising competence for both teachers at Ullern and other schools in Oslo. Together we have launched the concept KUR – which in Norwegian is an abbreviation for “Kompetanseutviklingskurs for lærere” (“Competetence raising course for teachers”). We hope this can be the start of a rewarding collaboration on teaching in Oslo. The first theme for KUR was nutrition, where the initiator of Oslo Cancer Cluster and Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park, Professor Emeritus Kaare R. Norum lectured on his special subject.
NRK Østlandssendningen covered this initiative – listen to Radio feature here.
About Ullern Upper Secondary School
Ullern will have around 900 students in 2015 when the school moves into the Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park. The School offers diciplines such as natural sciences, health work, electricity and electronics, media communication, entrepreneurship, work training as well as general studies.