Focus on fibers when German students experience Värmland

German Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences (RWU) has made the start-up business Blue Ocean Closures a part of its educational program in International Business Management & Sustainability. Last week a study visit in Sweden was arranged in co-operation with Paper Province.

Blue Ocean Closures is included as a case study in the MBA course (Master of Business Administration), where students get to learn about a sustainable start-up company, its conditions and visions.

“To create an understanding for the bigger picture of the environment and field we operate within and how the industry works with sustainability in different ways, we asked Paper Province to co-host a program with several company visits and activities in the region of Värmland. The program was super interesting and highly appreciated,” says Blue Ocean Closures’ Community Manager, Ulrika Ganterud Evermark.

Sandra Sundbäck, CEO at Paper Province agrees:

“The companies have really received the group in a fantastic way and introduced their organisations and how they work with sustainability. The students were very impressed with the hospitality at each place and the great focus on sustainability and safety.”

“We feel extremely proud and want to extend our warmest thanks to all participants at: Karlstad Innovation Park, Sting Bioeconomy, Karlstad University, Billerud, Cellcomb, Nordic Paper, Uddeholm, Swed-jam and Karlstad Energy,” Ulrika confirms.

The group with 13 master students and two professors met with both small and large organisations within businesses such as paper, tool manufacturing, food production, recycling, research, and the regional innovation system. In addition, they experienced Värmland’s lake Vänern and the nature at its best, with a boat trip around the archipelago at Ekenäs, forest views by lake Fryken and summer town activities in Karlstad and Säffle.

The inspired students now have topics to study further and the collaboration with RWU will continue.

“They were very happy with their whole week and from both our perspectives it is so important with international interest in what we do. This definitely strengthens our network,” concludes Sandra.