2. Securing Australia’s Future – STEM: Country comparisons

A vibrant capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is pivotal to increasing our nation’s productivity. Building on recent research commissioned by Australia's Chief Scientist to identify STEM skills shortages, this project will critically examine existing solutions to the STEM skills shortage in comparable countries and to ascertain which, if any, of those solutions could be usefully applied to the formation and maintenance of a STEM skills workforce and propose a set of options for increasing Australia’s productivity and international competitiveness.

Final Report

 (8MB) STEM: Country Comparisons, International comparisons of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Final Report.

STEM: Country Comparisons - Contributing Consultants Reports

Expert Working Group

Professor Simon Marginson FASSA (Chair)

Professor Russell Tytler (Deputy)

Professor Stephen Gaukroger FAHA

Mr David Hind FTSE

Professor Nalini Joshi FAA

Professor Geoff Prince

Professor Sue Richardson FASSA

 

This project is being coordinated by ACOLA.

Links and Publications 

Media release announcing release of report.

Read the Chief Scientist’s report, Mathematics, Engineering and Science in the National Interest here.

Science, maths crucial to stemming the slide. Expert Working Group Chair, Professor Simon Marginson, writing in the Higher Education supplement of the The Australian on 20 March 2013.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach: On July 31, Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb released the position paper: “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach.” The paper presents an approach for a national strategy to guide Australia’s STEM enterprise and was released in an address to the National Press Club which you can watch here on the ABC website.

New advisory group on stem education and skills.  Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb has appointed a group to advise on strategies and priorities regarding STEM education, skills in the workplace and literacy for the community. The STEM Industry and Education Advisory Group offers a range of perspectives from academia, education, industry and research.