European Project: EASTEM

The new EASTEM 2019-2021 project "Euro-Asia Collaboration for Enhancing STEM Education", funded for 1 million Euros over 3 years, focuses on "Capacity Building" with Universities in South East Asia. This project, supported by the Computer Science Department in Brest and its System Modelling Lab, ensuring long-term relationships with other international engineering schools, particularly via the CDIO network, involves IMT Atlantique in the European and global ecosystem for higher education in engineering.

EASTEM supports the modernization of the higher education systems of the 10 reactive universities in 3 partner countries: Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. As part of the internationalization of higher education, this project aims to strengthen the visibility of research and innovative educational actions of IMT Atlantique on South East Asia, the visibility of its teacher-researchers in pedagogy, educational sciences and educational programmes engineering, so as its position as a leading Technological University.

  • The kick-off meeting was held in Saigon at HCMUTE at the end of February 2019, with nearly 50 participants, mainly directors of STEM Schools studies (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Maths). A / Prof. Sr. Rouvrais (Dpt INFO Brest) and Dr. G. Jacovetti (CARAE) were able to present the model of integrated internships to the curriculum "à la Française" for the development of professional skills then animate a first collaborative session on models of improvement continues to strengthen skills and training approaches in STEM to stimulate a truly flexible culture of quality assurance.
  • The second meeting took place at Uppsala University in May 2019 to design a training offer for teachers & faculty in STEM on competency and student centered learning via project-based and active learning models.
  • The third meeting took place at Vilnuis University in October 2019 to discuss and decide on a detail roadmap for the development and set up of Centers for Excellence in STEM Education. The 10 universities from Asia – Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand presented the results of a survey on insights on what has already been achieved in their institutions and the challenges they face in preparing for the centers. Reference models were conceptualized with shared missions and main activities /  good practices selected.
  • A meeting dedicated to Industry-University collaboration in STEM education will be organized by IMT Atlantique-Brest 11-15th October 2020 with high level representatives from partner Universities, so as to reference the missions and good pratices on Industry Engagement and Governance for better aligned STEM education to professional and Indutry 4.0 needs.


Objectives of EASTEM : 

  • Improve the quality, relevance and governance of higher STEM training in partner countries;

  • Strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions and their cooperation plans;

  • Improve the employability of graduates with regard to Industry of the future and 4.0, by reinforcing the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary character of STEM training


EASTEM 2019-2021 priorities & tasks:

  1. Workpackage 2: Accelerate the implementation of the competence approach to realign STEM curricula to professional needs;
  2. Workpackage 3: Initiate and / or strengthen the management and administration of STEM Learning Labs & Centers at Asian partners;
  3. Workpackage 4: Propose the implementation of a continuous improvement approach for competence-oriented training programs and Industry collaboration in partner STEM programmes.