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Estonia: Advancing ICT and Engineering Education

02 April 2024
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To better prepare students for the demands of the modern workforce and to foster interest in STEM fields, Estonia has launched a strategic initiative focused on enhancing ICT and engineering education within its general, vocational, and hobby education sectors. Supported by the European structural funds, this initiative seeks to update educational content, methodologies, and infrastructure. Special attention is given to encouraging female participation in both fields, addressing gender imbalances in STEM areas.

The programme lasts until 2029 and focuses on several key areas. In vocational education and training, it aims to modernise ICT and engineering curricula, ensuring that graduates' skills and knowledge meet employer expectations. Efforts will include developing and updating study programmes, reducing dropout rates, and facilitating transitions to higher education levels.

The initiative will support the development of contemporary and relevant educational content for ICT studies across all school levels in general education. This includes updating and creating new syllabi and digital learning materials, with a particular emphasis on integrating ICT education more effectively. The goal is to make ICT studies more attractive and accessible, thereby encouraging a greater number of students to pursue ICT-related education and careers.

In engineering, the focus will be on increasing student numbers in vocational education by enhancing the quality and relevance of education. This includes updating educational environments with new technology and methods, as well as implementing mentorship programs to support students throughout their studies.  

Additionally, the program will promote engineering education in general and hobby education, aiming to integrate a practical approach to learning through the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) methodology. This approach emphasizes the interconnectedness of these disciplines, offering students a holistic and engaging educational experience.

Financially, the initiative boasts a total budget of over 60 million euros. The project's management will be overseen by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, ensuring that the program's execution aligns with national education goals and EU cohesion policy objectives. 

For more information: IT Akadeemia programm | Haridus- ja Noorteamet (harno.ee) and Inseneriakadeemia | Haridus- ja Noorteamet (harno.ee)

Source: Eurydice Unit Estonia 

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