NTNU University represented through TEFT-lab and the Department of International Business, are the owners of the research project.

The project will promote work relevance in the education within economics and administration.

The goal is to develop new forms of learning to connect students and employers more closely. Students will get more practice, solve specific problems for companies and get more education from people from working life.

Through the project, NTNU University and its partners will map, develop, test, evaluate and disseminate new knowledge about different types of innovative practice activity that may be relevant to students and employers.

Practice plays a central role in many study programs, and is highlighted as an important form of learning to increase work relevance. Through internship activities, students get to use the knowledge they have gained through their studies. Practice is also important to be able to adapt and prepare for working life. Nevertheless, only 9 per cent of the students in economics-administrative subjects state that they have had an internship in their education in the Study Barometer 2019.

DIKU is funding the research project.


The partners will contribute to the co-creation of internship activities for the students and may host internships. The Future Lab can grant students access to many different business actors and employers and contribute to greater knowledge and practice within the sustainability work.

Relevant Sustainable Development Goals

4 - Quality education

8 - Decent work and economic growth

9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

11 - Sustainable cities and communities

12 - Responsible consumption and production

17 - Partnerships for the goals 

4: Better and more work-relevant education for students.

8 & 9: The practice formats that are developed, must also be useful for the participating organizations - through innovation  and increased value creation.

11 & 12: Sustainability is central in the practice activities. Some of the students will have sustainability as their main theme in the practice, while others will work with the theme in joint practice sessions.

17: Collaboration to achieve goals is central to the development and implementation of the project.