VO-HO Netwerken

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The VO-HO Netwerken (Secondary-Higher Education Networks) were set up in 2004 as part of the Deltaplan Bèta Techniek (Dutch national STEM strategy). The main goals of the networks are the professional development of secondary education teachers and principals, the continual innovation of courses and curricula and the improvement of the connection between secondary education (VO) and higher education (HO). The networks offer a wide pallet of activities for students, teachers, technical teacher assistants and heads of schools with a focus on STEM education. Currently there are are ten regional networks that consist of universities,  higher education institutions, (pre-univeristy) secondary schools and business and societal institutions. The specific objectives are set by each regional network independently, in alignment with the regional context and objectives. 

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PBT
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The specific objectives of the networks are set and monitored on a regional level, and thus vary from network to network.  However, an indepedent study of the Radbout University Nijmegen on the effectivess of the networks (Raab et al, 2017) showed that in the period 2008-2010, 59.5 per cent of the overall enrollment in STEM studies (which grew over 3 times faster than total enrollment in higher education) can be attributed directly to the collaborations. The study also concluded that the VO-HO Netwerken are a highly cost-efficient policy instrument. 

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The Networks cover of 361 (pre-university) secondary schools (60% of the total), 22 universities of applies sciences and 12 research universities. Together they reache more than 35.000 students and 3.800 teachers annually.

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The networks are coordinated by the Dutch national STEM platform (PBT) and co-financed by the Dutch government, industry and the participating institutions. 

AEDE-France launches ELICIT PLUS project

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AEDE-France
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France
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AEDE-France, partner of the EU STEM Coalition, will offer a variety of training courses throughout the EU over the course of 2016 and 2017 as part of the ELICIT PLUS project. The main objective is to design and implement a number of training courses aimed at teachers, school-heads and all educational staff, to promote European Literacy and Citizenship. STEM education will also be  covered during the courses.  

 

The project consortium is composed of 23 partners including universities, education institutes, associations, INGOs and schools from 12 different European countries.

 

The ELICIT-PLUS course catalogue is available on www.aede-france.org or www.elicitplus.eu. For registration, please click here

Katrien de Schrijver (Flemish STEM platform) discusses 'Woman in STEM' in TEDx talk

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TEDx Ghent
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Belgium
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Katrien de Schrijver of the Flemish STEM platform and member of the EU STEM Coalition discussed ‘Women in STEM’ at TEDx Ghent. In her talk, she presents the taboos that exists on the difference between girls and boys, she introduces the STEM platform and she introduces some fabulous STEM role models.

 

Katrien De Schrijver started her career as a teacher of English and German, but was always triggered by innovation in education. After 17 years of teaching, she pursued that passion and started working for the STEM platform, one of the founding partners of the EU STEM Coaltion.

Les Echos quotes EU STEM Coalition

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Les Echos.fr
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France
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On May 4, the French daily financial newspaper Les Echos published a comprehensive article on the digital economy, and the need for more coordinated action to pave the way for new business. The article focusses in particular on the current situation in France and mentions Jet-Net in the Netherlands, as well as the EU STEM Coalition itself.
 

ThinkYoung presents MakersTown

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ThinkYoung
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Belgium
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ThinkYoung, partner of the EU STEM Coalition, in collaboration with Wilfried Martens Centre kicked off the European Maker Week with MakersTown on May 24.

 

The Makers are a new wave of entrepreneurs and Do-It-Yourself experts empowered by Web 3.0 tools, technology and crowdfunding. MakersTown is the first event of its kind in Brussels bringing together Makers, business leaders and European policy-makers to showcase, share and succeed. It is also a conference. European Commissioners Jyrki Katainen (Jobs, Growth and Investment and Competitiveness) and Carlos Moedas (Research, Science and Innovation) will participate in the panels.

EU STEM Coalition joins Pact for Youth

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EU STEM Coalition
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EU
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The EU STEM Coalition has joined as a supporter the European Pact for Youth. The European Pact for Youth was initiated by CSR Europe – partner of the EU STEM Coalition – in close collaboration with the European Commission, and aims to support the creation of 10.000 qulaity business-education partnerships with the shared target to establish together at least 100.000 new good quality apprenticeships, traineeships or entry-level jobs.

 

Beatrice Boots, director of the Dutch national STEM platform will represent the EU STEM Coalition during the European Pact for Youth Leaders Meeting. 

Towards a Future-proof Europe

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EU STEM Coalition
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EU
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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.

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