High-level representatives from businesses and the education sector gathered on December 7, 2017, to discuss how to advance and scale up business-education cooperation to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers in Europe.
The event represented an important step in identifying how to be more impactful in a larger number of countries, by leveraging and scaling-up existing multi-stakeholder initiatives through the STEM Alliance, to enhance STEM skills and employment opportunities for young people.
STEM Alliance partner companies attending the event, entitled “Advancing and scaling-up education-industry collaboration”, called for defining a strategy to make business-education collaboration a common practice across all European countries, including guidelines to facilitate structured cooperation at national level.
Advancing and scaling-up education-industry collaboration
The conference, jointly organised by the STEM Alliance and the SYSTEMIC project, funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, demonstrated the business case for companies to invest in STEM Education and enhance the attractiveness of STEM jobs in Europe. To illustrate how, the conference showcased concrete experiences and best practices from STEM Alliance partners, with the hope of inspiring more companies and Ministries of Education to get involved.
Participants were invited to reflect on the important issues of how to advance teacher placements in industry, encourage STEM professionals to visit schools, and motivate young people to choose STEM studies and careers.