CHAPTER 6. THE ROLE OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN CLOSING STEM EDUCATION GAPS

This chapter reviews lessons learnt from various countries’ experiences and provide key recommendations for educational institutions to increase female student enrolment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

The lack of female role models in STEM has been cited as a major factor in the low uptake of STEM programmes and courses by young girls in both elementary and higher educational institutions.


The lack of a diverse academic and research STEM workforce in educational institutions, particularly in management roles, leads to perceptions of STEM as a male-dominated domain. Academic institutions thus find it difficult to attract and retain women both as students and as employees in STEM.


Policies such as student funding incentives, gender-sensitive institutional admission criteria, and gender-sensitive curriculum designs, all have a role in increasing the representation of skilled women in STEM.

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