On January 25, the Danish ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs officially announced the Danish Technology Pact in a press release. The government has set various ambitous targets for different levels of STEM education, and will closely cooperate with the education institutions and industry partners for its implementation. The Pact wil be officially launched in spring. More information can be found in the press release (Danish only).
The developments are closely followed by the Danish regions. In the Central Denmark Region (Midtjylland) the draft-regional Technology Pact was finalised during a final meeting on January 10 before being submitted for political approval.
The Danish 'House of Natural Sciences' (Naturvidenskabernes Hus) was established in 2007 as a non-profit development and visitors centre. The centre develops application-oriented and authentic educational experiences that aim to inspire youngsters to choose for choos an education in science and technology. Bridging the gap between education and business the centre inspires children and youngsters to become skilled, curious and innovative.
The House of Natural Sciences offers a comprehensive series of teaching materials and activities for primary and secondary school teachers and pupils, e.g. for school-company cooperation through the national Jet-Net.dk network, hands-on activities voor students on site and teacher training. The goel of the House of Natural Sciences is to offer an attractive physical setting for the development of these activities. In the past eight years, the house of Natural Sciences launched over 60 different projects targeted at increasing the number of STEM graduates.
Jet-Net.dk is one of the flagship programmes of House of Natural Sciences. The goal of Jet-Net.dk is focused on joining schools and companies in co-beneficial one-on-one relationships working with STEM. Thereby providing the students in primary and secondary schools with knowledge concerning the activities of the companies, and possible STEM career opportunities within the companies.
Jet-Net.dk started I Denmark in 2012, and works with over 60 different sized tech companies and the same amount of schools. The Danish network and activities is bases on feasibility studies and inspiration from the Dutch model of Jet-Net and Platform Bèta Techniek (PBT), which was launched in 2002 by five Dutch technology companies.
The indicators in the report present a synthesis of research and innovation performance in Denmark. They relate knowledge investment and input to performance and economic output throughout the innovation cycle. They show thematic strengths in key technologies and also the high-tech and medium-tech contribution to the trade balance. The indicator on excellence in science and technology takes into consideration the quality of scientific production as well as technological development. The Innovation Output Indicator covers technological innovation, skills in knowledge-intensive activities, the competitiveness of knowledge-intensive goods and services, and the innovativeness of fast-growing enterprises, focusing on innovation output. The indicator on the knowledge-intensity of the economy focuses on the economy’s sectoral composition and specialisation and shows the evolution of the weight of knowledge-intensive sectors and products.
Astra is the national Centre for Learning in Science, Technology and Health in Denmark, established by Law in 2009. Our contribution to society is to strengthen and develop science learning so we train a new generation with strong science competencies. Our vision is that all children and young people achieve science skills that will enable them to express themselves as creative and critical citizens