Over 60 Norwegian and Swedish students and teachers marched in Waterford City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade as part of an enterprise visit to Waterford on the invitation of the Local Enterprise Office. The students (18-19 years olds) are studying a three year entrepreneurship program, this is the student’s third and last year and the Irish visit is the highlight of their year.
A full and varied itinerary planned for the group included visits to Waterford Crystal, WIT and historical venues such as the Medieval Museum. The trip also featured a dinner in Dooley’s Hotel on Thursday evening, hosted by the Local Enterprise Office. The menu was sourced principally from local foods and constituted a ‘celebration’ of Waterford food production.
This is the eighth year the Local Enterprise Office has hosted a Norwegian and Swedish student group. Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office emphasised the importance of the visit, “Waterford and Ireland’s approach to enterprise development is seen by the Scandinavian countries as a good example to show the students and their enterprise teachers, and we have much to learn from them also.”
The most fun had to be the visit to WIT Arena where they learned how to play hurling and partook in a ‘start your own business’ Pizza game, discovering the pitfalls and various stages of business growth.
Swedish teacher, Tomas Hjelm described the importance of the visit. “I have been travelling over to Waterford for many years now. I even holidayed with my family here last summer. I am delighted we have made this study visit a permanent fixture for our third grade entrepreneurship class. Our students need to learn that ours is a small country on the edge of Europe, and we depend heavily of the rest of Europe and the world. Not many have been to Ireland before, so this will open their eyes to what Ireland has to offer. We hope that we can host a group from Waterford also very soon.”
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