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The lack of talent in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is a global problem. This talent shortage can deter technological gains and innovation. The shortage has sparked many countries to create initiatives to recruit, retain, or create talent. Norway has an abundance of natural resources, and has a potential to be a center for technology and innovation. However, Norway is struggling to find enough talent to fill the need for STEM professionals. This poster investigates why STEM graduates in Norway do not meet the qualification requirements of companies. It also studies the role of Norway’s tertiary system in the national talent shortage. The research shows that while the Norwegian education system excels in some areas, the programs for STEM majors fail to teach the skills that engineering employers need.


Advisor: Micheline van Riemsdijk

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