More girls find their way to STEM studies
The number of female first-year students enrolling in science and technology studies has risen by 15% this year
Campaigns paying off
“We have a long way to go to reach a better balance between men and women, but this increase is, in any case, excellent news,” said Wilson De Pril, director-general of technology industry federation Agoria.
This academic year, nearly 8,000 students have registered for a Master’s or professional Bachelor’s in ICT, for the professional Bachelor’s in technology, for the Master’s in industrial sciences & technology and for the engineering sciences studies. Students can still register until 15 October. The number of technology students is the highest since the start of this century.
While more girls are finding their way to technology studies, they only make up about 10% of first year students in these disciplines. The fewest female students are found in the professional Bachelor’s in technology area, at only 4.3%. The highest percentage of female students is found in civil engineering studies, at 16.6%.
The number of girls in civil engineering increased by 11% this year, while the number of female industrial engineering students increased by 30%.
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