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Page: http://en.hochschule-ruhr-west.de//about-hrw/news/news/
Date: 21.07.2018, 00:55Clock

Getting more women to become mechanical engineers!

13. April 2018

Ruhr West to launch all-female undergraduate programme in mechanical engineering this fall.


Mülheim an der Ruhr / Bottrop, 13 April 2018: To get more women excited about modern mechanical engineering and to facilitate their entry into mechanical engineering studies, Ruhr West University of Applied Science will launch a degree programme in mechanical engineering exclusively for women beginning in the 2018/19 winter term.

The all-female undergraduate programme in mechanical engineering takes seven semesters to complete and includes a praxis semester and a bachelor’s thesis. During their first four semesters, the female students will study in parallel to the co-educational mechanical engineering programme. In the fifth semester, the two programmes are merged, and all students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition to traditional subjects such as engineering mathematics, materials and mechanics, the programme will feature elective modules on topics such as computational engineering, automotive engineering, production engineering and bionics.

On top of the academic components, the programme will offer an optional mentoring programme. At regular meetings with other female students from higher semesters or at guest lectures with industry experts, students will get an opportunity to discuss their personal development, the professional realities of engineers, a good work-life balance and other topics. Furthermore, the degree programme promotes hands-on learning through a wealth of project work, internships, industry collaborations and excursions.

Mechanical engineering has a lot to do with developing and creating products and machines. It also involves disciplines such as marketing, management and research. The degree programme is designed to expose women to these manifold career opportunities, to get them excited about engineering and to provide ongoing support throughout their studies.