The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates the very best feats of engineering and the engineers who make these feats possible. By sharing international successes and rewarding pioneering innovations that are of global benefit to humanity, the QEPrize seeks to inspire the next generation of innovators, creators and leaders.
In the first QEPrize Create the Future Report, released in October 2015, we examined the views of those outside the profession in ten key economies: Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In this supplement to the report we have focused on the attitudes and perceptions of 16 – 17 year olds across the markets. Within our latest report we see young people around the world are most interested in technology above all of the other STEM subjects. Their interest is underpinned by an understanding that engineering is behind the latest technological innovations, which were defined as software, apps, websites, social networks, mobile devices and cameras. The challenge for the industry is to convert this understanding of engineering’s influence on technology into driving more young people to become engineers and create the next world changing innovations.