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.

pre engineering education

engineering education


outreach initiatives


Lena Gumaelius

The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Monica Almqvist

Lunds Universitet

Anna Árnadóttir

Lunds Universitet

A. Axelsson

Lunds Universitet

J. Alberto Conejero

Universitat Politècnica de València

José P. Garcí­a-Sabater

Universitat Politècnica de València

Lene Klitgaard

Aalborg Universitet

Cecilia Kozma

AlbaNova University Center

Julien Maheut

Universitat Politècnica de València

Juan Marin-Garcia

Universitat Politècnica de València

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 Universitat Munchen

Johanna Ray

Technische Universitat Munchen

Torgny Roxå

Lunds Universitet

Mirjam Voss

TUMlab im Deutschen Museum

European Journal of Engineering Education

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

Vol. 41 589-622