The EU STEM Coalition was invited to give a presentation on the new project "Towards a European STE(A)M Platform", in the Education and Training Working Group of the Social Affairs Committee.
To provide an overview of the upcoming project "Towards a European STE(A)M Platform" with special attention for the role of employer organisations in the development and implementation of national STEM strategies. Attention was also given to the new "Centres of Vocational Excellence" initiative.
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The presentation covered the general background of the EU STEM Coalition, the role of STEM platforms in the coordination of national STEM strategies and the upcoming project "Towards a European STEM Platform" which aims to put in place a support mechanism for the development of new strategies, platforms and implementation programmes. The presentation also covered the "Centres of Vocational Excellence" initiative which is partially inspired by the "Centres of Vocational Innovation" programme of the Dutch national STEM platform.
A follow-up meeting focused on the topic of public-private partnerships in VET was requested.
The Communication on the European Education Area outlines how cooperation can further enrich the quality, inclusiveness and digital and green dimension of Member State education systems. It shows how together, Member States can shape a European Education Area based on freedom for learners and teachers to learn and work across the continent and for institutions to freely associate with one another in Europe and beyond.
The EU STEM Coalition was included in the objectives of the Communication. For more information and the full text, please see the link above.