HOW MIGHT WE

 

Oslo has a lot to offer, but most events and happenings are communicated in Norwegian. How might we open up to a more international crowd, while making sure not to exclude Norwegians?

Norwegians see themselves as a closed group of people who are reserved and not open to meeting new people. Often, this is not the case, but it might seem like it at first glance. How might we create a more positive story - enabling Norwegians to greet newcomers with pride and openness?

Though Oslo’s educational institutions work actively on their onboarding programs, there’s room for improvement. Offers often rely on resources or committed staff at the individual school or university. How might we create better onboarding processes among the learning institutions for international students?

Settling into Oslo can be difficult. It’s often in trying to navigate through the systems, and in meetings with the different instances that people experience difficulties and frustration. How might we create better tailored and well communicated onboarding processes for everyone arriving to Oslo?

There’s a need for a one-stop-shop, with friendly and helpful staff, when arriving to Oslo. Internationals often experience difficulties when it comes to visas, D- and personal numbers, bank accounts and getting a Norwegian SIM-card. We need more information in one place, both digitally and physically. How might we create a one-stop-shop that helps solve these issues and has all information available?

Internationals find it challenging to understand the dynamics of the city and of social life in Oslo, and often feel left out or different. A sense of belonging is a basic human need, and an important part of obtaining this is understanding how Oslo works. How might we create a sense of meaning, coherence and belonging for internationals in Oslo?

Oslopolitans lack international experience and impulses. It is important for the city’s growth – socially, culturally and professionally – that Norwegians aspire to go abroad for study or work. Gaining new knowledge and the experience of being a foreigner first, might be of help to others when returning to Oslo. How might we inspire more Norwegians to move abroad?

Internationals have expressed the need to come in contact with locals. To make friends. To share experiences. To expand their network. To have someone to turn to for help. How might we create solutions that connect people on both a social and professional level – offering internationals a helping hand?

Language is often a barrier for internationals – both when looking for a job, and making new friends. Everyone in Norway knows how to speak English, but (to the surprise of many) not everyone wants to. How might we enable more internationals to learn the language?

Internationals arriving in Norway are often talented and resourceful, bringing with them new knowledge. How might we make Norwegians aware of what internationals contribute with, and that having international friends or contacts can benefit them and Oslo?

Research shows that ⅓ of companies in Norway are hesitant or negative to recruiting from outside of Norway. Work life is often characterized as “very Norwegian”, and there is a need to have greater international focus to maintain competitiveness. How might we encourage more companies to recruit, value and develop international talent?

Internationals find getting to know Norwegians challenging. Internationals meet with internationals, and Norwegians meet with Norwegians in different arenas. We need to embrace the opportunities in targeting Oslopolitans as a whole – separating by interest, not by origin. How might we make more people meet by blurring the traditional line between locals and foreigners?

Oslo offers a range of different activities. However, the initiatives are fragmented – spread across the city and promoted in different channels. This makes it hard to discover the endless offers. How might we highlight all the existing initiatives in Oslo, gathering them and making them easily accessible to all?

Due to several reasons – especially the lack of a professional network – it is hard for internationals to get a relevant job after their studies in Norway. To be able to stay in Norway on a visa, they are however forced to get hired within six months. At the moment there are few direct collaborations or links between educational institutions and the labor market that can ensure a smooth recruiting process. How might we help students get relevant work after their studies?

 

 
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