International summit in Jerusalem to tackle education gaps

Academia and business reps will weigh how to add arts, design and innovation to math and science education

Shoshanna Solomon is The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

illustrative: Israeli high school students. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
illustrative: Israeli high school students. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

The Israel Sci-Tech Schools, an network of science and technology educational institutions in Israel, will hold an international conference in November in Jerusalem to focus on correcting global deficiencies in the education of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The conference will bring together international business, high-tech and education representatives to find ways to increase the scope of STEM education to include a greater focus on art, design and innovation, the Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools said in an emailed statement today.

The gathering will also present methodologies that will help to prepare elementary, secondary and junior college students for an ever-changing global workforce, the statement said, as well as address the growing mismatch between skills learned in the classroom and its application in the workforce as found in OECD countries like Israel.

Nobel Laurate Prof. Dan Shechtman of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and Aaron Mankovski, managing general partner at Pitango Venture Capital, will co-chair the conference, the statement said.

“To continue to fuel the growth of high tech corporations, we must be training students for the future in that industry,” said Israel Sci-Tech Schools director general Zvi Peleg. “Today, that includes a broader curriculum of art, design and innovation, in addition to the basic skills.”

Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools is a US-based nonprofit organization that aims to support the 206 institutions and 100,000 students of the largest independent network of science and technology educational institutions in Israel, the statement said.

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