The oil crisis does not frighten students from technology

Torbjørn Røe IsaksenOslo.he Education Minister. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.Photo: Audun Braastad / NTB scanpix

Despite the drop in the oil industry 8,694 students have received an offer of admission in Technology this year. The Education Minister believes we need their expertise, in all sorts of feilds including oil.

Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen  said as expected fewer choose petroleum studies because of the uncertainty in the oil industry, but maintains that the decline of technological studies in general is only 2 percent.

– Young people are wise. They realize that technology and science are not just oil and gas. If you are concerned about the green shift, dealing with an aging population or differences in the world, everything has something to do with technology, Isaksen said.

He is not afraid to educate young unemployed, even in the crisis-hit oil and gas sector.

– The oil and gas industry has made it clear that although it will not be returning to the level of employment it has had in recent years, they expect that there will be a need for people in the future, said the Minister.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today