Is Australia keeping up? Science and technology graduates and the workforce
Science and technology have transformed the world, and will continue to do so. But there is widespread concern that Australia is not keeping up with the need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) skills. Many people believe that our universities produce too few graduates in STEM fields. But the evidence seems mixed, with too many graduates in some science fields and recent IT graduates struggling to find work, despite many job opportunities in the IT industry. Should we focus more on the quality of STEM education, rather than increasing the number of graduates?