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An understanding of scientific and technical processes is an ideal basis for life's essential skills: a condition for understanding phenomena and processes in everyday life. This makes conscious, responsible action possible.

A girl connects two wires.

Furthermore, the economic success and thus high standard of living in Switzerland depends to a significant degree on scientific and technical innovations. Innovative strength is put at risk by a skills shortage. In accordance with the "2011 Declaration" of the Swiss Federation and the cantonal Education Departments, interest in the MINT subjects (mathematics, IT, natural sciences, technology) needs to be in-creased at all educational levels, in other words starting as early as kindergarten level.

Coordinated efforts by educational, industrial and political institutions are necessary for sustainable youth development. The Strategic Initiative EduNaT (Education Natural Science and Technology) aims to increase interest in the natural sciences and technology, with a widespread impact, and strengthen basic education in these fields. With a comprehensive research and development programme, the FHNW is taking on the thematic leadership in Switzerland regarding scientific and technical education, and thus making an important contribution to combating the MINT skills shortage. Last but not least, girls' and young women's interest and their perception of their own skills is to be raised, as they choose MINT education/training far less frequently than their fellow male students.

The Strategic Initiative EduNaT

Two projects introduced in brief

Projects and organisation


Support services for children aged ten to 15. One-day courses in late summer/autumn 2016.
Registration by 1 July 2016.

Coordination and contact

Head of Programme Management Board "EduNaT"
Prof. Dr. Peter Labudde, FHNW School of Education

Programme Manager
Claudia Stübi, FHNW School of Education

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