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Tech education crisis pushes Intel, Israel to partner

Jun. 30, 2014

Fewer than 10% of Israeli high school students take advanced courses in math and science — and at Intel, that’s bad for business. One possible remedy is a joint effort by the sprawling multinational and the Israeli government to change the emphasis in schools.

“Especially in a country like Israel, where Intel is such a large part of the economy, we need to encourage more kids to study math and science, because if we don’t, Intel, and Israeli society in general, will have a hard time developing the technologies of tomorrow,” said Shelly Esque, Global Director of Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group.

“Unfortunately, STEM education is in a crisis,” said Esque. “Even in India, there are fewer high school graduates entering engineering each year.” STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — the “hard” subjects that tech development is based on.

Intel knows all about encouraging STEM studies, said Esque. The company has a full range of ready-to-go curricula that teachers and schools can use, from the earliest grades till after high school. For kids in the upper grades, Intel has a range of practical programs, such as supplying mentors to a community to work directly with kids, hands-on training, internships, competitions and more.

That’s true for Israel as well, said Mooly Eden, Intel International Senior Vice-President and CEO of Intel Israel. Fewer than 10% of high school students in Israel are enrolled in advanced mathematics programs (the “five math unit” modules), generally required for admission to top-flight math and science programs in universities. Enrollment in these modules has fallen by almost half since 2006, Education Ministry figures show.

For the full feature story on Israel21c click here.


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