Outreach initiatives operated by universities for increasing interest in science and technology
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)

Monica Almqvist

Lunds universitet

Anna Árnadóttir

Lunds universitet

A. Axelsson

Lunds universitet

J. Alberto Conejero

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV)

José P. Garcí­a-Sabater

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV)

Lene Klitgaard

Aalborg Universitet

Cecilia Kozma

Alba Nova Universitetscentrum

Julien Maheut

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV)

Juan Marin-Garcia

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV)

Henrik Mickos

Per-Olof Nilsson

Chalmers, Tillämpad informationsteknologi, Avdelningen för ingenjörsutbildningsvetenskap (EER)

Agneta Norén

Stockholms universitet

Margarida Pinho-Lopes

University of Southampton

Manfred Prenzel

German Council of Science and Humanities

Technische Universität München

Johanna Ray

Technische Universität München

Torgny Roxå

Lunds universitet

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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