A new two-year project is set to strengthen the partnerships between regional schools and universities, helping to identify ways to increase the number of regional maths and science teachers and students.
The overall goal of the project, led by Federation University in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and Deakin University, is to encourage regional students to undertake Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees, and become highly skilled professionals who contribute to regional economies.
Of course, it all starts with teachers, which is why the program focuses on the design and evaluation of future student programs.
Project leader Associate Professor Jenny Mosse believes that the success of programs like this will “inform the future of investment by universities, science schools and faculties in [STEM] programs…throughout regional Australia.”
Obviously this kind of investment from universities to try and keep regional Australia clever relies on investment in universities themselves.
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