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Enhancing the Attractiveness of Studies in Science and Technology

Enhance the Attractiveness of Studies in Science Invitation and Technology

Attract Project Final Event

– The Attractiveness of Being an Engineer

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden Editor Mats Hanson, Wednesday 3rd October - Thursday 4th October kth Royal Institute of Technology

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Dear Colleagues, We would like to warmly invite you to our final event showcasing the findings and results of the Attract Project. In many countries the number of applications to higher education programs in engineering have decreased over many years and drop outs represent a major problem for most higher education institutions. This two day program intends to reveal the findings of our two year study which has examined the attraction, recruitment strategies, barriers, and retention issues relating to the engineering sciences and how factors can be enhanced for greater efficiency. One of our principal objectives is to bring together key stakeholders in the science and engineering education. Policy makers, public authorities, employers, teachers, headmasters of secondary schools, and other relevant parties represent those that have been involved in the Attract project activities whenever possible in order to leverage the impact of the project’s results. This project proudly represents many steps forward in the successful collaboration throughout a very complex educational landscape. The partners involved in the project represent a wide range of nationalities throughout Europe. Our common goals have enabled the Attract Project to successfully map these complex factors and provide you with an in-depth analysis of best practice. We look forward to seeing you all in Stockholm this October 2012.

Eva MalmstrĂśm Jonsson

Deputy President KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Engineering Employers Engineering Educators

Objectives and Priorities Educational Researchers

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Promote high performance, innovation and a European dimension Attract candidates to a higher education in engineering sciences Promote excellence, efficiency and equity in engineering education Improve the early-stage integration and retention of students Balance gender representation in engineering science programs

Public Policy Makers Engineering Students


The Atract project examines...

The Atract Project Examines...

The Attract project was initiated in 2010 and has examined recruitment strategiessciences of students strategies ofthe students to engineering and to engineering sciences and how the retention of how the retention of students can be improved atstudents an can be improved at an international European level. international European level. Attract brings together Attract brings together seven CLUSTER (Consortium seven CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities Linking Universities of Science and Technology for of Science and Technology for Education and Education and Research) universities and additionally Research) universities and additionally two Swedish two Swedish universities which have been involved in universities have been involved in the original the original which national project in Sweden. national project in Sweden. Research and development has been conducted During thisparticular second phase of the project the data within four project groups: • The Attractiveness of Being an Engineer a complete comparative report on the formal •and Formal Barriers •barriers Attracting Students to Studies in Science and and to the recruitment of students in science Technology/Engineering technology related studies will be delivered. • Student Retention

within four particular project groups: The main working groups have representatives from •each Formal BarriersEach group has discussed, exchange university. •ideas Attracting Students to Studies in Science and and experiences, and formulates a method Technology/Engineering of “Best Practice”. These findings will contribute to •policy Student Retention reforms at national level in the represented countries and may also represent an important input groupspolicies have representatives from each toWorking supranational and international activities. university. Each group will discuss, exchange ideas The ambition of all the project partners is that the and experiences, and formulate a method of “Best discussions and conclusions from this project shall lead to development and changes throughout the European reforms at national level in the represented countries society and educational system, and induce positive and may also represent an important input to change. supranational policies and international activities.

Contributing

Partnership Partner Universities

KTH Royal Institute of Technology KTH Royal Institute of Technology Trinity College Dublin Trinity College Dublin Aalto AaltoUniversity University K.U. Leuven K.U. Leuven Politecnico PolitecnicodidiTorino Torino Instituto Superior Instituto SuperiorTecnico Tecnico Linköpings Linköpingsuniversitet University Uppsala UppsalaUniversity University


Presentations During the final event, the project’s findings and conclusions will be presented within four key sections. These presentations will then be followed by a critical debate which will facilitate a necessary international dialogue.

Attract Project Overview

Presented by Eva MalmstrĂśm Jonsson & Mirko Varano KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Attractiveness of Being an Engineer

October 3rd October 4th

Presented by Mats Hanson - KTH Royal Institute of Technology To define an Engineer and examine the perceptions of engineering in society, labour markets and media coverage.

Attracting Students to Studies in Science and Technology/Engineering Education

Presented by Pedro Lourtie - Instituto Superior Tecnico A comprehensive analysis on interest, attraction, and gender representation in science and technology/engineering programmes.

Formal Barriers

Presented by Kevin Kelly - Trinity College Dublin To facilitate maximally open access to engineering higher education without compromising standards or unfairly exposing unequipped students.

Student Retention A copy of the complete report will be made available prior to and during the event

Presented by Anna-Kaarina Kairamo - Aalto University To assess the perceptions and the specific causes of attrition and the factors that may affect retention in higher education.


Event Agenda Upon arrival we kindly ask you to check into the welcome desk located in the KTH Library entrance lobby. After the opening presentation on the first day, we would like to invite you to join us in further discussion during dinner. Following Thursday’s morning sessions we would like to invite you to join us for lunch in the on campus Restaurant Syster o Bror which is located adjacent to the KTH Library. After lunch we will reconvene and discuss the findings and recommendations to be formulated into specific policy initiatives. A more detailed program will be sent to the registered participants prior to the event in addition to a copy of the complete Attract Final Report. We will have 100 available seats at a firstcome basis. In order to guarantee seating we would kindly ask for confirmation prior to September 10th using the link below: http://www.webforum.com/form/ kthinternational/form.asp?sid=581107753

October 3 Wednesday

October 4 Thursday

8:00 9:00 10:00

Specific presentations on the findings

11:00 12:00

Lunch

13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00

Registration ATTRACT Overview

17:00 18:00

Networking Session

19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00

Discussion and debate with stakeholders

Official Welcome Dinner

Internal closing session

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Directions

Accommodation

1. From Arlanda airport: a. Arlanda Express train to Stockholm Center

Elite Hotel Arcadia

(20 min., at least every 30 min. peak hours every 10 min) b. Airport bus to Stockholm Center Cheaper but slower than the express train. (40 min., at least every 15 min. day time every 10 min)

2. From Stockholm Center you take the subway

(T-bana); Red line towards Mörby Centrum or Tekniska Högskolan and get off at station Tekniska Högskolan, exit Roslagsbanan. (7 min. at least every 15 min., peak hours every 5 min.) For more information about the schedules: SL

3. From the subway exit, walk up-hill on Drottning

Kristinas Väg about a hundred meters, then when it turns left you continue straight ahead on Osquars Backe. The library will be on your left.

Subway Map

Körsbärsvägen 1, Stockholm Phone: (+46) 8 566 215 00 Fax: (+46) 8 566 215 01 info.arcadia@elite.se

Clarion Collection Hotel Tapto Jungfrugatan 57, Stockholm Phone: (+46) 8 664 50 00 Fax: (+46) 8 664 07 00 cc.tapto@choice.se

Scandic Park

Karlavägen 43, Stockholm Phone: (+46) 8 517 348 00 Fax: (+46) 8 517 348 11 park@scandichotels.com We have reserved a number of rooms at a first come basis in Hotel Arcadia and Hotel Tapto. Please mention the Attract Project when making your reservation and feel free to contact us with any questions.


For More Information For More Information For For More Information More Information Please contact: Please contact: Mirko Varano PleasePlease contact: contact: Mirko Varano International Office MirkoMirko Varano Varano KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm International Office E-mail: varano@kth.se International OfficeOffice International KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Phone: +46 704716214 KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm E-mail: varano@kth.se Fax: +46 87908192 E-mail: varano@kth.se E-mail: varano@kth.se Phone: +46 704716214 Phone: +46 704716214 Phone: +46 704716214 Fax: +46 87908192 www.attractproject.org Fax: +46 87908192 Fax: +46 87908192 www.attractproject.org www.attractproject.org www.attractproject.org

Brooks Patrick Brooks Patrick International Office Brooks Patrick Brooks Patrick KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm International Office E-mail: brooksp@kth.se International OfficeOffice International KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Phone: +46 765901993 KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm E-mail: brooksp@kth.se E-mail: brooksp@kth.se E-mail: brooksp@kth.se Phone: +46 765901993 Phone: +46 765901993 Phone: +46 765901993

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