Concept of EASTEM
Euro-Asia Collaboration for Enhancing STEM Education
EASTEM is an Erasmus+ capacity building project (Key Action 2) running from 2019 – 2022.
We are a consortium of 3 universities from Europe, 3 from Vietnam, 3 from Thailand and 4 from Indonesia.
Responding to the need to bridge the gap between university and industry in order to improve employability, our project aims to ensure that STEM education provides students with competencies relevant to the labour market.
By exchanging best practices among European and Asian universities, each partner university can find inspiration to enhance STEM education at their institutions. This network of mutual exchange and learning will further cooperation between EASTEM partners beyond the project’s lifetime.
Student-centered learning approaches and industry input are integrated into STEM curricula and study programmes
Lecturers increasingly use student-centered learning approaches in STEM education
STEM centres support educational activities involving lecturers, students and industry partners
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Uppsala University will introduce approaches for student-centered STEM education to the consortium. In the first phase, four lecturers per Asian partner institution participate in a course in student-centered competence development and then set up a pilot course where students solve problems from local industries and communities in international teams across partner institutions. In the second phase, lecturers trained in the first phase will conduct staff development sessions for other lecturers both within and outside of their institutions. Participating lecturers will learn to use student centered competence development approaches in their teaching, while each university will strengthen partnerships with the local community.
Vilnius University will support lecturers, deans and administrative staff at Asian partner universities to establish, staff and run STEM education centers to ensure the sustainability and increase the visibility of student-centered STEM activities. These centeres will anchor STEM activities firmly within the university structure and serve as focal points for each university’s STEM initiatives. By engaging both university students and external partners such as local high schools in center activities, the centers will have the potential to develop into hubs for STEM education and learning in each city or region.
Building on good case practices from all partner institutions, IMT Atlantique will guide partners on how to integrate competence development for students into education programmes and university strategies by engaging with deans, vice-rectors and rectors. This will increase the capacities of partner institutions to offer education focused on students’ needs and labour market requirements. With support on a strategic level from university management, STEM activities will be more sustainable and partner institutions will be better equipped to interact with corporate partners in the development of university education.