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Vestland County Council

Hordaland region is situated on the west coast of Norway and has about 520 000 inhabitants (2018), i.e. 1O % of Norway’s population. The county comprises 33 municipalities with their own governing councils. Bergen is the second largest city i Norway and is the site of the county administration.

Hordaland County Council (HCC) is responsible for county policy regarding upper secondary and adult education, cultural affairs, communications, dental health, economic and regional development and planning. HCC employs approximately 4,400 people and has 33 upper secondary schools (combined VET and general studies). 1 January 2020 will HCC merge with Sogn & Fjordane County Council (north of Hordaland) to create the new Vestland County Council.

  • The Countys’s vison is to develop Hordaland as an attractive and innovative region. The aim is to be a region where skills and competences are systematically developed, and used in interaction between those offering education and training, the labour market, the municipalities and other relevant stakeholders Regional Plan for Expertise and Labour 2017 (in Norwegian).

HCC has a broad cooperation with the knowledge clusters in Hordaland. Several of Norway’s most important centres of research and education are located in Bergen, i.e. the University of Bergen, the Norwegian School of Economics, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. and  Marineholmen innovation district

Targeted and systematic focus on knowledge sharing and competence development shall ensure that Hordaland has right and future-oriented expertise. The objectives for the County’s international activities are in line with these strategies, mainly linked to European cooperation financed by EU-projects. A group of 4-5 persons in Department of Regional Development and 2 persons in Department of Education are working with project development and mobilising target groups: The educational sector, municipalities, businesses, NGOs and young people.
HCC is leading several Erasmus+ projects. Some of the resent and ongoing are (2019):

HCC is hosting the national contact point for the Interreg North Sea Programme, and is leading the Interreg North Sea project RIGHT – Right skills for the right future (2018-21).

International Newsletter is a two-year publication with a selection of articles about international projects where the Council is involved.

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