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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


01 Jun 2018 2K Book icon 2 mins Share

A brief history of STEM – and why Indian students should love it more!

What’s the root of STEM courses? Where we have come and where we are going with it? A look at STEM courses that Indian students choose to study abroad…

01 Jun 2018 2K Book icon 2 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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STEM courses abroad for Indian students

The past of STEM

We know what the acronym STEM stands for – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But very few people know how and when STEM courses became popular worldwide.

The word STEM emerged in early 2000s in the United States. What was known as SMET was renamed as the acronym STEM. It all happened during one science meet when some educators were working on creating science-based curricula and they re-arranged the word SMET to STEM. A curriculum that educates students in four different disciplines, STEM has come a long way in terms of its reach and breadth of choices that are available now compared with earlier times.

STEM and Women

The area of STEM has rapidly evolved, not just being restricted to US institutes but spreading all over the world. In addition, STEM has been made available to every individual regardless of gender, particularly women who have shown keen interest in STEM courses over the past decades.

Initially, the curriculum was widely chosen by the male population, and women were barred from choosing technical fields to study. But with time, the herd mentality has changed, and more and more women have come out of their age-old social pressures to seek a better life and future. At present, there are a large number of women who choose STEM courses all over the world, and they do wonders in science and technology.

Some of the notable women in history who have left their footprints behind in STEM field are as follows:

  1. Rachel Carson
  2. Barbara McClintock
  3. Sally Ride
  4. Rosalind Franklin
  5. Marie Curie

The Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) Charter is one such initiative that promises to combat gender disputes in the area of science. It was launched in 2005, and is commissioned by British Equality Challenge Unit.

Athena SWAN is mainly directed towards recognising and advancing the career of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employment in higher education and research. Recently, the charter was expanded to include non-STEM schools too.

STEM courses abroad

Some of the popular courses in STEM that are commonly chosen by Indian students to study abroad include:

  • Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Biology

Of course, there are many other areas of STEM that still need to be explored a lot, and a few more unknown areas to be discovered. 

Where to study STEM courses abroad?

Almost every university abroad has STEM courses available for students.

You can select some of the popular universities abroad from our database.

The future of STEM

STEM courses have always driven the economy and will likely do so more in years to come. As per official reports, STEM disciplines have always been on the forefront of dealing with key challenges. From mobile learning, online learning, 3D printing to Internet of Things (IoT), STEM courses have always offered numerous technologies to the world.

If not without the advancement in science, our everyday lives would have been laidback but less complicated. It's said that 70% of top-paying jobs in the world require highly skilled STEM graduates. And the proportion of STEM occupations growing rapidly with respect to non-STEM occupations is 3:2.

The number of students showing interest in science and mathematics has increased as much as the number of educators in the field.

The vision that these educators have to promote STEM education is to offer an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems, flexible learning spaces, inclusive environment and accessible means of learning.

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