Monica Mæland and Jan Tore Sanner, ministers of Trade and Industry and Local Government and Modernisation respectively, announced that NCE Subsea was the one and only candidate that was accepted into the GCE programme this year, at an event in Oslo on Friday 12 June 2015.
– We did it!, says CEO at NCE Subsea, Owe Hagesæther. – Achieving status as Global Centre of Expertise Subsea is a great benefit for the development of today’s cluster – and the Norwegian subsea industry as a whole. We will now expand and intensify up our work to implement the strategy that got us here. It has been hard work and great fun to build the competence, innovation models and business development needed to strengthen the subsea industry, Hagesæther continues.
Since 2006, NCE Subsea has established itself as a regional cluster with a central core in the Bergen region. The subsea cluster sees considerable potential for more organised and structured cooperation with other parts of the Norwegian subsea industry.
– Our ambition has always been to create a GCE Subsea that functions as a unifying organisation for the Norwegian subsea industry and reinforce the Norwegian subsea industry’s status as a global knowledge hub. GCE status gives us the resources we need to fulfil these ambitions, says Owe Hagesæther.
About Global Centres of Expertise
In early 2014, Innovation Norway, SIVA and The Research Council of Norway announced the establishment of a new Norwegian cluster development programme.
The existing programmes, Arena and Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) are continued, and a third level has been established: Global Centres of Expertise (GCE).