Oslo Chamber of Commerce invited to participate in a two-year project group in connection with the establishment of Oslo International House

Oslo Chamber of Commerce has been invited to participate in a project group in connection with the establishment of the Oslo International House (OIH). The project is lead by the City Council in Oslo and has agreed to set aside funding for the establishment in 2018.

Oslo is the country´s knowledge capital and foremost center for higher education, research and development. Good access to skills and labour from abroad is crucial for Oslo´s business and working life and for future welfare and value creation.

The reason for the initiative is that Oslo and Norway in general suffer from a poor service and host culture. The house, in collaboration with knowledge institutions, business and civil society, will coordinate and operate hosting services to researchers, students and skilled workers that are new in Oslo. The hosting services should appear as collectively and easily accessible in one place – organized and coordinated as far as possible as a one-stop-shop. The house will complement and improve state-provided services related to residence and work permits for newcomers and earlier mentioned skilled workers, taken care of by the Service Center for Foreign Workers (SUA) and/or the agencies UDI, Tax Administration, Police and NAV. In the long term, the opportunity for service improvement will be strengthened when the service units meet regularily and form part of a common development environment.

Other important actors with existing services in this area are also part of the project group. In addition to OCC this applies to the University of Oslo, OsloMet, BI and Caritas Info and research center. The bureaucracy will also involve the municipality´s Unit for Diversity and Integration and the Oslo Business Region.

The task of the group will be facilitating the establishment of OIH, coordinate the service offer and follow the further development of the content of the house. The group had its first meeting in mid-January of 2018.

For questions regarding this project, please contact Ann Kristin Winje.