59 participants, 13 universities, 6 nationalities and countless interesting discussions: The EASTEM Project have officially started with a bang with our very first meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

On 25-27 February 2019, the EASTEM Consortium met for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, kindly hosted by Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUTE).

The group included participants from all 13 EASTEM partner universities as well as our associate partner Vietnam Electronics Industries Association (VEIA).

During the course of three days, all partner universities exchanged best practices in STEM education and shared their expectations for what we can hope to achieve in the three years of our project.

A panel discussion focused on the role of international collaboration for student employability gave some context for our project in terms of common challenges, national government strategies and perspectives from industry.

Three group sessions laid the foundations for detailed results and activities planning within the following three Work Packages that constitute the core of our project:

WP 2 – Staff training in student-centered competence development

WP 3 – STEM Centres

WP 4 – Competence integration

In addition, the consortium discussed how to reach out to internal and external stakeholders, which will inform the EASTEM Project’s dissemination strategy. During the meeting we also got the opportunity to visit the television/multimedia production room of host university HCMUTE.

For the rest of 2019 we are looking forward to three project meetings:

Uppsala, 13-16 May: Development of the course in student-centered competence development (WP 2)

Vilnius, 30 Sep – 3 Oct: STEM Centre development and management (WP 3)

Bangkok, 14-15 November: Finalizing and testing the courses (WP 2)

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