Science and Technology Education for 21st Century Europe

4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

Science and Technology Education for 21st Century Europe

CESAER, the European association of leading specialised and comprehensive universities of science and technology has published a discussion paper on ´S&T education for 21st century Europe´. The paper is written by Aldert Kamp, 4TU.CEE leader at TU Delft and director of Education for the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, in collaboration with CESAER’s Task Force S&T Education for the 21st Century. The paper explores the trends in engineering sciences and technology, education and society, and provides orientation how universities of S&T and CESAER can change education in Europe to the better.

The paper provides an overview of what literacies, skillsets and mind-sets the students need to be able to address the grand challenges of today’s word. It points out the fundamental changes that universities can make in what and how they teach to better prepare their graduates for the increasing and different demands of the new world of work.

Moreover, it addresses the developments in online education, continuous learning, strengthening of university-industry collaboration, improving the competencies of academic staff.

The paper also presents forward-looking recommendations on skillsets and mind-sets for the 21st century; pedagogical and technological innovations in education; continuous and lifetime education; educational strategy and leadership. With this paper, Aldert Kamp sets the scene for further discussions and makes concrete proposals on what universities can do to keep up with rapid technological, societal and economic changes, and how they can ensure high quality and sustainable learning and teaching.

With this discussion paper, Aldert Kamp provides ideas for heads of department, education professionals, university leaders and the CESAER association based on his analysis of relevant publications. This discussion paper is not meant to be descriptive or prescriptive, but inspiring.

Read the full discussion paper here.

Science and Technology Education for 21st Century Europe

Science and Technology Education for 21st Century Europe

CESAER, the European association of leading specialised and comprehensive universities of science and technology has published a discussion paper on ´S&T education for 21st century Europe´. The paper is written by Aldert Kamp, 4TU.CEE leader at TU Delft and director of Education for the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, in collaboration with CESAER’s Task Force S&T Education for the 21st Century. The paper explores the trends in engineering sciences and technology, education and society, and provides orientation how universities of S&T and CESAER can change education in Europe to the better.

The paper provides an overview of what literacies, skillsets and mind-sets the students need to be able to address the grand challenges of today’s word. It points out the fundamental changes that universities can make in what and how they teach to better prepare their graduates for the increasing and different demands of the new world of work.

Moreover, it addresses the developments in online education, continuous learning, strengthening of university-industry collaboration, improving the competencies of academic staff.

The paper also presents forward-looking recommendations on skillsets and mind-sets for the 21st century; pedagogical and technological innovations in education; continuous and lifetime education; educational strategy and leadership. With this paper, Aldert Kamp sets the scene for further discussions and makes concrete proposals on what universities can do to keep up with rapid technological, societal and economic changes, and how they can ensure high quality and sustainable learning and teaching.

With this discussion paper, Aldert Kamp provides ideas for heads of department, education professionals, university leaders and the CESAER association based on his analysis of relevant publications. This discussion paper is not meant to be descriptive or prescriptive, but inspiring.

Read the full discussion paper here.