Outreach initiatives operated by universities for increasing interest in science and technology

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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.


External organisations
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Aalborg University
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • University of Southampton
  • Technical University of Munich
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • Hvm-Konsult KB
  • Stockholm University
Research areas and keywords


  • engineering education, Outreach, outreach initiatives, pre engineering education
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-622
Number of pages34
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1
Publication categoryResearch