We had the honour 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.
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US Ambassador to Norway Barry B. White flanked by itslearning CEO Arne Bergby (left) and itslearning Norway Managing Director Trond Skeie (right). White visited itslearning´s Bergen headquarters this week in connection with an official visit to the city between the seven mountains.
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
“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 American students 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’s Eastern Seaboard, where itslearning focuses its
Mr. Skeie says the education landscape in the US and Norway
shares 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
“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.
Posted on Wed, October 17, 2012
by Kristine Lango