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Systems 2014, 2(2), 159-167; doi:10.3390/systems2020159

Systems Education at Bergen

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Received: 12 February 2014 / Revised: 28 March 2014 / Accepted: 11 April 2014 / Published: 16 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet)
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Abstract: At the University of Bergen in Norway, educating students to use computer models and to think systemically about social and economic problems began in the 1970s. The International Masters Program in System Dynamics was established in 1995, and a Ph.D. program began a few years later. Student enrolment doubled in 2010 with the establishment of the European Master Program in System Dynamics. International diversity has been a hallmark of the Bergen program; each year, students come from about 30 different countries and more than 95% of the degrees have been awarded to students from outside of Norway. However, a Bergen systems education is not confined to a classroom in Norway. Projects in developing countries, emerging economies, and developed countries have taken the systems perspective and modeling tools on the road and, increasingly, online. Whatever the delivery mode, the goal is the same: capacity building among international students, planners and managers, and local stakeholders. This paper describes the Bergen program and its impact on systems thinking and modeling throughout the world.
Keywords: education; policy design; simulation; system dynamics; systems thinking education; policy design; simulation; system dynamics; systems thinking
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Davidsen, P.I.; Kopainsky, B.; Moxnes, E.; Pedercini, M.; Wheat, I.D. Systems Education at Bergen. Systems 2014, 2, 159-167.

AMA Style

Davidsen PI, Kopainsky B, Moxnes E, Pedercini M, Wheat ID. Systems Education at Bergen. Systems. 2014; 2(2):159-167.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Davidsen, Pål I.; Kopainsky, Birgit; Moxnes, Erling; Pedercini, Matteo; Wheat, I. D. 2014. "Systems Education at Bergen." Systems 2, no. 2: 159-167.

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