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Participation of Female Students in Tech Courses Up 30%

The participation of female students in technology-related disciplines at Reykjavík University has increased by 30% over the last three years thanks to a project called “Girls and Tech,” RÚV reports.

The data comes from Gréta Matthíasdóttir, the director of the university’s Education and Career Counselling department. In an interview on a morning radio show, she remarked that female students are showing more interest in technological subjects that had previously been considered “male” disciplines.

“Course selection can be incredibly gendered,” said Gréta, both in Iceland and abroad. The “Girls and Tech” program has aimed at encouraging young women to pursue coursework in subjects like computer science, software engineering, and general engineering. “We invite girls in the 9th grade to come. Then they see role models and these role models are so important.”

The program includes workshops held at the university under the auspices of its Women in Computer Science association (also known as /sys/tur), as well as professors in technology-related departments. Participants are also taken on fieldtrips to local technology companies where they’re given an insight into the work and opportunities that could be available to them after university.

See a video about the initiative (with English subtitles) here.

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