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Courses to match urgent need for talent

COURSES to promote STEM education in China were announced yesterday as the first STEM Expo was launched in Shanghai.

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — using an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Hundreds of teachers are to be trained in STEM methods of education.

Courses are based on Connecticut Science Center STEM curriculum units, but will be localized and made available to Chinese educators via the Massive Online Open Courses system, said United Technologies Corporation, which launched the STEM promotion program in 2015 with China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development.

There is an estimated need for more than 8 million workers in STEM-related jobs by 2018. The current shortage of such talent is “alarmingly large,” according to a report by the website

“The reason we are so committed to STEM education in China and our partnership with CFFPD is because we think it‚ absolutely essential to connect the science curriculum with career aspirations and really make a concerted effort to encourage students, not only here in China but around the world, to consider careers in science and technology,” said Randy Bumps, a UTC official.

Jia Ling, secretary-general of China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, said the STEM promotion program was a helpful addition to education in China.

“We need to change if we want our children to be thoughtful and move the world forward.”


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