Graphic illustration: Girls in STEM


The aim of this EU-funded project is to to decrease inequality in STEM Education.

Project information

Project manager
Mexhid Ferati
Other project members
Christina Mörtberg, Fisnik Dalipi, Arianit Kurti
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Sweden
Rochester Institute of Technology – Kosovo, Kosovo
National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland
International Business College Mitrovica, Kosovo
Polis University, Albania
European University of Tirana, Albania
EU, Erasmus+
1 jan 2023 –12 dec 2024
Informatics (Department of informatics, Faculty of technology)
Research group
Interaction Design Research Group (IDRG)
Linnaeus Knowledge Environment
Digital Transformations

More about the project

The STEFORA project aims at sharing knowledge and experiences in terms of frameworks and empirical studies to investigate Generation Z’s enrolment and involvement in the development of STEM. Specifically, the project looks at investigating ways to decreasing gender inequality in STEM fields. The project is a continuation of the project “Generation Z enters STEM: Diversity for a Sustainable Future” where diversity and gender equality were identified as topics of interest. Moreover, the project discovered what factors have influenced the choice of high school and university students to study STEM, their challenges while studying STEM, and their prospect for employment after graduation.

Based on that, STEFORA is designed with a holistic approach around three project objectives:

  1. digital citizenship focusing on mitigating institutional barriers in terms of decreasing inequality in STEM,
  2. apply universal design principles in formal and non-formal learning activities including premises to increase diversity and gender equality in STEM, and
  3. adopt norm critical approaches to raise cultural awareness and foster gender sensitive education, in the target countries specific to STEM engagement for women.

The project is part of the research in the Interaction Design Research Group (IDRG) research group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Digital Transformations.