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Page: http://en.hochschule-ruhr-west.de//nc/about-hrw/news/news/
Date: 17.10.2018, 20:59Clock

Educating women to address the skills gap

28. November 2017

At an all-female conference hosted by Ruhr West in late November 2017, participants shared information about degree programmes for women.


Female computer scientists and engineers are sought-after specialists; there is a shortage of young talent in many industries and companies. To encourage more women to work in the STEM fields, six German universities offer degree programmes exclusively for women. Ruhr West is soon to join this group: Starting in the 2018-19 winter semester, women interested in technology can study mechanical engineering in a single-sex programme.

As Ruhr West President Gudrun Stockmann explains, 'We want to offer educational opportunities to promote women. This is in line with the spirit of a modern society and also provides solutions for the skills shortage in science and engineering.' Stockmann's goal is to put a focus on making the university's engineering programmes more attractive to prospective female students. 'Ruhr West has already started some measures to get young women excited about STEM programmes, such as the MINT44 opportunities for high school students or the zdi campus "Mädchen testen MINT". Offering a degree programme exclusively for women is only the next logical step.'