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International meeting place in Vrimlehallen

Global Hub is under planning. It is to become a meeting place for international visitors, students and employees.

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Vrimlehallen on Campus Kristiansand is undergoing changes, and a meeting place with the working title Global Hub will be one of its new features. It includes a coordination of the services attached to the internationalization work which is an important piece in the university's strategy focus called Global Mindset.

- Our goal is to continue to develop our ability to host and organize an increasing amount of international activity. Our target groups are international guests, students and employees, says Marianne Øhrn Johannessen who is leading the project.  

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Global Hub's staff will consist of administrative resources staff, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), and possibly student helpmates. The process of planning the Hub's services is in full swing.

- UiA students who want to go study abroad will be provided with information and can build network at Global Hub, while exchange students at UiA from other countries will be able to meet with Norwegian students and use the hub as a centre of interaction. International guests will for example be able to receive help with accomodation, transport or a tour around the campus, while new employees with an international background can network and get information about life on and outside the workplace, says Johannesen.

Ready in January

The restructuring of the old switchboard at Vrimlehallen starts in August, and the space will be linked to the café area nearby. That way small social arrangements can be organised at the Hub. The restructuring of the Hub is scheduled to finish up before the beginning of the semester in January 2018. Global Hub is first implemented at Campus Kristiansand, but there is also work in progress in order to create an equivalent at Campus Grimstad.

Welcome suggestions

If you have any thoughts on what kind of services the Global Hub could provide, or a name idea for the coordination project, we'd love to hear from you. Our e-mail is: aase.galteland@uia.no

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