On September 10, 2018 a large delegation from the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity (KOFAC) visited the Netherlands. The objective of the visit was to exchange information and best practices regarding advanced STE(A)M teaching methods. The Dutch national STEM platform (PBT) and the Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) co-hosted the part of the visit that focussed on STEM/STEAM.
The goal of the visit was to exchange information and best practices in advanced STE(A)M education. Specific focus was given to the role of the teacher and the cooperation with the private sector.
The part of the work visit focussing on STE(A)M was co-hosted by the Dutch national STEM platform (PBT) and the Dutch ministry for Education, Culture and Science (OCW). After an introductory presentation by OCW on the policy context, the Dutch national STEM platform presented two of its key-programmes.
The first presentation focussed on the Jet-Net programme for school-company collaboration in pre-university secondary education. Specific attention was given to the successful introduction of the Jet-Net programme in Denmark (Jet-Net.dk) and the development of similar programmes in Sweden and the Basque Country (Spain).
The second presentation focussed on public-private partnerships (PPS) in vocational education and training (VET) and higher education in the so-called ‘Centres of Vocational Innovation (CIV)’ and ‘Centres of Expertise (CoE)’.
Other organisations that were visited by the Korean delegation in the context of the work visit included Nuffic (the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education), Delft Technical University, and the Waag workshop.
The EU STEM Coalition (on behalf of the national STEM platform) will continue to exchange information and best practices with KOFAC, as part of its objective to build productive partnerships with non-EU countries.