Inspiring the next generation


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    1. 1. Inspiring the next generation Andrea Gavosto Director Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli (repr. Fiat Group) 4 December 2008
    2. 2. The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) is an informal forum bringing together around 45 chief executive officers and chairmen of major multinational companies of European parentage. Companies of ERT Members are widely situated across Europe, with sales to EU customers exceeding Euro 1 000 billion, thereby sustaining around 6.6 million jobs in the region .
    3. 3. Europe will face large scale competence disparities in the MST area <ul><li>Declining student proportion </li></ul><ul><li>Stabilisation of access to tertiary education </li></ul><ul><li>Unfavourable demographic trends </li></ul><ul><li>Negative attitudes </li></ul>European stakeholders need to coordinate efforts
    4. 4. Source: Relevance of Science Education (ROSE), 2007
    5. 5. ERT believes business has an increasingly important role to play <ul><li>Partnerships should provide </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful life and career contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Role models </li></ul><ul><li>Career information </li></ul>Partnerships between schools and businesses to support students and teachers <ul><li>Differentiating depending on </li></ul><ul><li>Age and school level </li></ul><ul><li>Topic, culture and geography </li></ul>
    6. 6. Schools and businesses need support to succeed in working together Build on what already exists <ul><li>Improve coordination, evaluation and use of research and empirical results </li></ul><ul><li>Create support infrastructures like Jet-Net in every European country </li></ul><ul><li>Create a European Coordinating Body - European Schoolnet is well poised to play a leading role </li></ul>
    7. 7. Schools and businesses need support to succeed in working together Leading Experiences in Europe Norway - Increasing students’ knowledge of businesses role in society Netherlands - Increasing the annual enrolment in higher MST (15% over 10 years) Germany - Promoting knowledge as a key for sustainable economic growth Denmark - Increasing the interest of young people in science and technology France - Revitalizing the relationship between society and young people in science, technological innovation and research
    8. 8. <ul><li>High level attendance - 120 participants, National and European </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers included President Barroso, Commissioner Potočnik (Research), Director General Quintin (Education and Culture), and Minister Gago (Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal) </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibited good practice included Jet-Net (NL) and Wissensfabrik (DE) </li></ul>Inspiring the next generation Stakeholder engagement in Brussels on 2 October 2008
    9. 9. Inspiring the next generation President José Manuel Barosso “ Your analysis on the need to promote MST in our schools and universities is spot-on. And so is your solution. The European Commission has been calling for more partnership between education and business for some time. Together let us show the way ahead.”
    10. 10. Inspiring the next generation Invitation to partnership, stakeholder recommendations and possible next steps Help create a European coordinating body to support business/education initiatives. Engage with the OECD to establish indicators that can help better guide decision making for both governments and business. Act as a catalyst for business/education initiatives Continue to take leadership on promoting MST careers 1 2 3 4
    11. 11. Message to Ministries of Education ERT Member Companies seek to collaborate ERT is liaising with the Czech and Swedish EU presidencies to make school and business partnerships a top priority and a key topic for the Council of Education, Youth and Culture throughout 2009. ERT views the involvement of national ministries of education as crucial: Emphasising the importance of partnerships 1 2 3 Clearly identifying the main roles of partnership as providing (a) meaningful life and career contexts, (b) role models and (c) career information Supporting the creation of a European Coordinating Body for schools and business partnerships