January 27, 2023

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Ovidius students learn to develop environmentally friendly businesses

Europe’s economy will be sustainablecomplicated or it won’t be at all, if we think about the responsible use of resources and the gradual abandonment of used fuels. To prepare for this outcome, it would be appropriate to learn from school how to properly separate waste and what are the benefits of recycling. Several students from Norway came to Constanța, at Ovidius University, to find out how much young people care about sustainable business development. A clean and environmentally friendly economy can only bring us advantages in the long term.

Having a sustainable business means not only surviving on what you produce, but making a profit and investing further in an environmentally friendly business. Last but not least, being sustainable means hiring local labor and having happy employees. Romania is barely taking the first steps in this direction, but at least it is on the right track.

Filip Olsen is training at HVL University in Norway to become a successful sustainable entrepreneur: “For me, the most important thing is that everyone doescomplicated something. It doesn’t have to be big steps, it doesn’t have to be the biggest and most innovative things. You can start with small things. Recycle your rubbish correctly and make sure it goes to landfill unmixed and not thrown into the sea or incinerated.”

Eight young Norwegians, studying Economics at the HVL University in Norway, arrived in Constanța to find out how we are doing in terms of sustainability.

“I was most impressed by people’s willingness to try new things. Many are skeptical about environmental change and whether or not it is man-made, but there are enough who are taking steps in this direction to ensure a future for generations to come.”Filip Olsen, one of the participants in the project, told us.

Diana Astratinei is a third-year student of Psychology at Ovidius University and came to this project to see what a fully sustainable psychology office could look like: “As a psychologist you could specialize in various branches, such as Art Therapy, a therapy through art, drawing, sculpture, various. You can use recycled products, recycled paper, colored pencils or nature therapy, use local houses, national parks. Maybe a bibliotherapy, where you can use ccomplicatedrts from the library or from donations.”

Vice Dean of the HVL University in Norway, Helene Maristuen, accompanied the students on their visit to Constanța and was impressed by spa tourism, small local businesses, but especially by the changes that have occurred in the last 25 years.

Helene Maristuen: “I am very impressed by the development of the city of Constanța, because I was here in 1997 and I can say that now you have many electric vehicles, bicycles and it is a differencehuge change between 1997 and today.”

The changes that the city of Constanța has gone through are undeniable, but there are still many things to do.

Diana Astratinei, UOC student: “We waste quite a lot, we use plastic bottles a lot. We don’t have a bottlecomplicated own to reuse. We do not have a very well implemented recycling infrastructure. They noticed that there is waste on the street, it’s not in the trash, as it should be.”

It is said that children learn best from their parents. Likewise, Helene teaches her students how to become successful entrepreneurs by personal example.

Helene Maristuen, Vice Dean HVL Norway: “Besidesin my work at the university I have a shop, which offers traditional drinks and food. I also have two houses, which I rent to tourists, because I like to talk to my Economics students, but I also like to talk to tourists“.

At the Constanța study camp, the young Norwegians debated topics related to sustainability and visited local businesses, a winery, a poultry farm, a mini soap factory and the most important spa in the region, about which Helene had only words of praise: “Aveand here (no at the Balnear Techirghiol Sanatorium) half of the treatments in Europe and it must be economically sustainable, because it is so big. 6,300 treatments per day… it’s a huge potential for medical and spa tourism.”

The exchange of experience between the University of Norway and Ovidius Constanța University aims not only at the exchange of information between young people, but also at the introduction of a new study discipline, Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

Editor – Cristina Ghelasie / Online editor – D. Sîrbu / Photo – Ovidius Constanța University

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