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[ News ]  International STEM Students' Forum 2017 and Exchange Programme - 2017-07-31
STEM students from around the world meet in Hong Kong for seven-day exchange programme incorporating a two-day Forum

Following the success of the 2016 event, this year the International STEM Students’ Forum and Exchange Programme involved even more students and showcased more STEM projects from more countries around the world. The Programme, hosted by the VTC, took place between 13 and 19 June with over 70 students from Australia, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom and USA.
 
Learning from others.  The Forum took place on 16 and 17 June and served as a platform for over 600 STEM students and teachers to exchange personal learning and teaching experiences. Highlights included joint presentations between VTC and partner institutes, outstanding STEM project presentations and a poster showcase of yet more outstanding projects. Students also learned from professionals in STEM education development and had the chance to share and compare their own experiences through a student forum session.
 
STEM worldwide.  The Forum was rounded off with the International STEM Students’ Forum, where students from 8 institutes and 7 countries participated in a panel discussion, offering insights into STEM education, graduate prospects and the importance of STEM in society. 
 
Intercultural competence.  Such intercultural dialogue amongst young people from different parts of the world was a key objective of the event and the seven-day exchange programme extended this beyond the Forum. VTC International Student Ambassadors once again took a leading role throughout and ensured that visiting students felt welcome and had an authentic cultural experience in Hong Kong with the VTC.
 
All Programme participants, whether presenting on stage, at their poster or attending as an audience member, learned a great deal from one another and from STEM professionals, whilst having fun and making new friends. See the event for yourself and hear what students had to say about it in our highlights video.  


Participants celebrate the close of a successful Forum 


The Exchange Programme kicks off with some fun and games in the STEM Education Centre at IVE (Tsing Yi)


Six groups of students from VTC and partner institutes present joint projects 


Dr Ramin Amali (top) and Dr Quentin Wan (bottom) share their perspectives on the development of STEM education and take questions from the audience


Four of the 13 outstanding STEM student projects are shared on stage


During a packed afternoon, students showcase their projects to Forum attendees as well as each other


Students from seven different countries share insights into STEM education, graduate prospects and the importance of STEM in society in their respective countries