In recent years, Governments of advanced nations across the world have placed a particular emphasis
on improving the quality of education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This reflects the critical importance of STEM disciplines for modern society.
They empower our citizens in so many important ways. Science and Mathematics provide answers to the fundamental questions of nature and enable us to understand the world around us. Expertise in STEM disciplines is necessary to drive our economic ambitions, support innovation and provide the foundations for future prosperity. Knowledge-based economies are particularly dependent on the quality and quantity of STEM graduates.
Providing STEM Education of the highest quality is essential if Ireland is to deliver on its ambitions to be a hub of technological creativity and an innovation leader. ‘Innovation 2020’, Ireland’s strategy for Research and Development, Science and Technology, highlights the critical importance of excellence in STEM Education to ensure the continuous development of a pipeline of talent to
support both Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and an active ecosystem for indigenous start-ups.