Outreach initiatives operated by universities for increasing interest in science and technology
Journal article, 2016

Since the 1990s, the low number of students choosing to study science and technology in higher education has been on the societal agenda and many initiatives have been launched to promote awareness regarding career options. The initiatives particularly focus on increasing enrolment in the engineering programmes. This article describes and compares eight European initiatives that have been established and operated by universities (and in some cases through collaboration with other actors in society). Each initiative is summarised in a short essay that discusses motivation, organisation, pedagogical approach, and activities. The initiatives are characterised by comparing the driving forces behind their creation, how the initiative activities relate to the activities at the university, size based on the number of participants and cost per participant and pedagogical framework. There seem to be two main tracks for building outreach activities, one where outreach activities are based on the university's normal activities, and one where outreach activities are designed specifically for the visiting students.


engineering education

pre engineering education

outreach initiatives


Lena Gumaelius

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Monica Almqvist

Lund University

Anna Árnadóttir

Lund University

A. Axelsson

Lund University

J. Alberto Conejero

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

José P. Garcí­a-Sabater

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Lene Klitgaard

Aalborg University

Cecilia Kozma

AlbaNova University Center

Julien Maheut

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Juan Marin-Garcia

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Henrik Mickos

Per-Olof Nilsson

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Engineering Education Research - EER (Chalmers)

Agneta Norén

Stockholm University

Margarida Pinho-Lopes

University of Southampton

Manfred Prenzel

German Council of Science and Humanities

Technical University of Munich

Johanna Ray

Technical University of Munich

Torgny Roxå

Lund University

Mirjam Voss

TUMlab im Deutschen Museum

European Journal of Engineering Education

0304-3797 (ISSN) 1469-5898 (eISSN)

Vol. 41 6 589-622

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