The EU STEM Coalition

Mission
The mission of the EU STEM Coalition is to create momentum for the development and implementation of national STEM strategies across Europe.

Objectives

The main goal of the EU STEM Coalition is to raise awareness among governments, industry and education providers, at national and European level, about the crucial role of STEM education in our society. Its long term vision is to bridge the skills gap by having a STEM strategy in place in all EU member states. The Coalition strives to support the establishment of STEM strategies based on the ‘triple helix approach’, closely involving government, education and industry.

To reach this goal the Coalition has set three main objectives:

  • Strengthen existing national STEM Platforms
  • Support the development and implementation of national STEM platforms in countries that do not have a platform in place yet
  • Anchor the STEM platforms into European and national policy frameworks

Action plan

The EU STEM Coalition is a Europe-wide collaboration that activates, stimulates and supports Member States to work on a national STEM strategy. The Coalition creates opportunities for peer learning in two Europe wide meetings a year and organises taskforce meetings towards interested Member States, aimed at exchanging good practices in the fields of STEM education and the promotion of the triple helix approach.

Triple Helix approach

The concept of the Triple Helix of academia-industry-government relationships initiated in the 1990s. Its main thesis is that the potential for innovation and economic development in a Knowledge Society lies in the effective collaboration between academia, industry and government.
Experience has shown that a triple helix approach is effective when pursuing a national STEM strategy.  It ensures that all stakeholders are involved and engaged and makes the most and preferable success possible – a better balanced STEM graduated population in each European country.

In the context of this approach each country should assess which partners, sectors and levels are - depending on the local and regional context - most appropriate for the successful achievement of the objective: a better balance for graduates possessing STEM skills.