The most crucial industries of today, whether it be semiconductors, the defence industry, agriculture, energy or health, all fundamentally depend on skills acquired by STEM education. However, the current STEM education system is not sufficient for our modern economic nor societal needs. This deficiency is seen from early age to lifelong learning, from vocational to higher education. Now more than ever, Europe needs to strategically invest in STEM education and public private partnerships focussing on providing everyone with the right set of STEM knowledge and skills. Better coordinated exchanges of best practices, increased upscaling efforts and more earmarked funds for STEM will be the way forward for improved STEM education.