Approaches to the Identification of STEM competencies in European University Systems

Maarten Pinxten, Tinne De Laet, Carolien Van Soom, Christine Peeters, Christian Kautz, Peter Hockicko, Pál Pacher, Katrina Nordström, Kamel Hawash, Greet Langie

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The readySTEMgo project is a collaboration between six European universities: KU Leuven (Belgium), Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH – Germany), University of Žilina (UniZa – Slovakia), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME – Hungary), University of Birmingham (UK), and Aalto University (Finland). The prime objective of the project is to identify students with an increased drop-out risk before the start or throughout the course of the first -year in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) study programmes. Before providing an overview of the most salient project findings, we will first address some key issues involved in identifying key entry requirements for first-year science and engineering students in a European framework. A number of institutional (e.g., university entry requirements & secondary school curricula) and diagnostic (e.g., available tests) elements complicate a uniform approach in a diverse European consortium. Against this background, we present the most essential key competences followed by a detailed overview of a number of interventions aimed at risk students in the different institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI proceedings 45th Annual conference 2017
EditorsJorge Bernardino, Joao Rocha, Jose Carlos Quadrado
PublisherSociété européenne pour la formation des ingénieurs
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789899887572
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2017
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education - Terceira Island, Azores, Angra do Heroismo, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sept 201721 Sept 2017
Conference number: 45


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleSEFI
CityAngra do Heroismo


  • STEM
  • Competencies
  • Achievement
  • Skills
  • Study skills
  • University entry systems


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