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Date:12/14/2011

BRUSSELS, December 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Business Leaders, European Schoolnet and the European Commission launch €8.3mn initiative to encourage teenagers to study science and maths

European business leaders and education policy makers have launched today an €8.3mn initiative to inspire students to study science at university - a much needed skill set if the region's economy is to recover and flourish by 2020.

InGenious is a new European coordinating body for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education which brings together the collective wisdom of the European Commission, 30 Ministries of Education involved in European Schoolnet and major international companies such as Volvo, Shell, Philips, BASF, Nokia, Microsoft and Intel.

Founded by European Round Table of Industrialists and European Schoolnet, InGenious will:

  • Demonstrate how science and technology skills can help young people get jobs
  • Enhance the relevance of school science by showing how cutting edge science and technology contributes to students' lives
  • Fight stereotypes by giving a more realistic view of scientific jobs, and encouraging women and minorities to consider scientific careers

Lack of scientists threatens Europe's economic recovery

At present Asian countries train twice as many scientists compared to European member states, and three times as many engineers[1].

This training gap is threatening the future of Europe's economic recovery due to the lack of qualified scientific and technical human resources - the key drivers of scientific progress and innovation. Although the number of graduates in the fields is now increasing slowly, their academic achievement falls well behind that of their Asian counterparts according to PISA statistics.

Unless this gap is addressed, companies operating in Europe will need to recruit scientific and eng
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