A new project plans to foster excellence in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical sciences (STEMM) worldwide for talented youth through evidence-based, long-term online mentoring.
Launching in late 2020, Global Talent Mentoring aims to bridge geographic and cultural distance to connect the brightest young minds with distinguished researchers, academics, and professionals in what will become a global pool of talent development.
Dr Heidrun Stoeger, Professor of Education Sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany, is leading a team of researchers and IT specialists recruited from around the world to develop, program and scientifically evaluate the platform. Distinctive in its evidence-based, long-term (approximately ten years) approach, Global Talent Mentoring will be made available to young people everywhere, free of charge, from all cultural and financial backgrounds.
Global Talent Mentoring will offer:
- one-on-one mentoring: each participating mentee will be matched with an individual mentor, an expert in a specific STEMM field who will guide the student on an individualised learning pathway to STEMM excellence;
- mentoring pods: two or three pairs of mentees and mentors will collaborate together on specific STEMM projects; and
- community: all participating mentees and mentors will be able to network with one another as members of the Global Talent Mentoring community via multiple communication channels.
The project is aiming to expand its network of mentors and partner institutions within the EU. Represented currently are organisations from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Global Talent Mentoring is a flagship offering of the future World Giftedness Center, a larger undertaking that will be an online hub for evidence-based gifted education and research. Global Talent Mentoring and the World Giftedness Center are programmes of the UNESCO-recognized Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance based in Dubai, UAE.