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Towards a Future-proof Europe

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EU STEM Coalition
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Today Denmark, Estonia and The Netherlands sign the Declaration of Support for the EU STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Coalition in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. This is a first step towards a structural collaboration in the fields of STEM education in Europe. The main goal of the EU STEM Coalition is to raise awareness among governments, industry and education, at national and European level, about the crucial role of STEM education in our society.

 

The next generation of engineers and scientists is important to us all. If we think about the challenges ahead it is important to remember that we need them, now and in the future. To interest the current and new generations for STEM for Europe’s economic prosperity and a good competitive position many countries already work on national approaches. With more and more experiences in several countries and the need for more STEM graduates in Europe, now is the time to build further on the interesting and valuable experiences of the last decade.

 

Within the EU STEM Coalition Member States will share experiences and knowledge and elevate STEM education as a national and European priority by:

 

  • Sharing good practices in the fields of STEM education;
  • Promoting the triple helix approach (Government, Industry and Education);
  • Activating, stimulating and supporting Member States to work on a national STEM agenda;
  • Organising meetings on a structural basis to keep moving towards a sustainable approach;
  • Enabling a resilient and future proof Europe.

EU STEM Coalition at Hannover Messe

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EU STEM Coalition
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EU
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On April 25th special attention was given to the EU STEM Coalition during the Wissenstag of the Hannover Messe. During the opening ceremony Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte encouraged the audience to share knowledge, rather than hoarding it.

 

In this line of thought The EU STEM Coalition and the USA STEM Education Coalition expressed their commitment to work together for the future of STEM talent. On behalf of both Coalitions Beatrice Boots (Dutch national STEM platform), Julie De Widt-Bakker (Microsoft, on behalf of USA STEM Ed Coalition), Ronald Waaijer (Siemens, on behalf of EU industry) and Dirk Bochar (FEANI, representing engineers throughout Europe and a partner of the EU STEM Coalition) expressed the importance of triple helix collaboration in the field of STEM.

 

Dutch Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker was present to endorse the start of the EU STEM Coalition and close links with its American counterpart.  The EU STEM Coalition will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and good practices between its current members and is looking forward to welcome more European member states in the near future.

Lifelong learning helps people, governments and business. Why don't we do more of it?

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World Economic Forum
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EU
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Learning throughout life makes sense. Research shows it is good for your health, your wealth, your civic engagement and your family’s future prospects. It prolongs your independent life and enriches your quality of life. For companies, investing in worker skills makes sense too – it promotes flexibility and creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and an increased sense of agency among staff, making them happier and more productive. These are, of course, exactly the traits needed as companies face of the challenges of the latest industrial revolution. For governments, supporting learning in later life helps to delay the onset of dependency among rapidly ageing populations; plays an important role in overcoming inequality and exclusion; and supports inter-generational learning, creating more resilient families and communities. More broadly, learning fosters improved well-being.

ThinkYoung

ThinkYoung is the first think tank that focuses on young people. It was founded in 2007 and has expanded to have offices in Brussels, Geneva and Hong Kong. ThinkYoung conducts studies and surveys, makes documentary movies, writes policy proposals and develops education programme in five main sectors: entrepreneurship, education, EU-Asia relations, EU enlargement, and environment. Up to date, ThinkYoung projects have reached over 600’000 young people in more than 30 European and Asian countries. Based on its research on young people`s necessities, ThinkYoung creates trainings and workshops to empower youth with the tools to have a positive impact and make a change. These include entrepreneurial & coding skills for young people with the aim of reducing unemployment through ThinkYoung’s Entrepreneurship and Coding Schools.

ECSITE

Ecsite is the European network of science centres and museums. Ecsite’s vision is to foster creativity and critical thinking in European society, emboldening citizens to engage with science. Its mission is to inspire and empower science centres, museums and all organisations that engage people with science, and to promote their actions. Founded more than 25 years ago, the network now gathers more than 350 organisations in Europe and world-wide.

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