Enrolment in the natural sciences is booming in some emerging markets, an exemplary example of which is Ghana where enrolment in sciences versus the humanities increased nearly 10% between 2010-2014. In stark contrast, participation in the sciences continues to decline in Western countries; for example in the largest Western education system, the United States, only 16% of high school students are proficient in math and just half of those actually pursue a career related to science. This is happening as reliance on scientific innovation is pervasive in every facet of society and urgent breakthroughs are required (e.g., even the antibiotics of last resort have failed recently with no new solutions in sight).
How can we stimulate interest in studying science where it is lacking in the globe? Can the “maker movement” or other new teaching methodologies drive interest in studying the natural sciences? How can we rapidly scale education in natural sciences in emerging markets where resources are scarce but interest is burgeoning; are MOOCs the answer? Even in these thriving emerging markets, female enrolment in sciences lags behind – the proportion of women pursuing science in higher education is a mere 28% in China – another untapped source of potential. This panel will discuss solutions and innovations to increase the quantity and quality of “The Future Of Education In The Sciences”.