Thursday, February 24, 2005

Women engineering students outnumber males in UAE - Khaleej Times

QUOTE. AL AIN — The UAE has more women engineering students than men, but the number of women taking up technical careers is minuscule, an expert has said.


Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Assistant Provost for research, said that the WETF would be a part of international efforts to achieve gender equality in science and technology professions.

“The forum will identify obstacles to women who want to pursue their career in technology and engineering and to find solutions,” said Dr Maitha.

She added that there are more women engineering students when compared to men in the UAE, but the number of women engineers and technology professionals is small.

The forum plans to organise help from experienced women professionals to guide and advise female students who are bidding for careers in engineering and technology.

“Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education and Chancellor of the UAE University, has always been in the forefront in supporting women’s issues and encouraging their participation in economic and industrial development,” she said.


To rectify the situation by promoting the entry of national women in science and technology careers, the UAE University and multinational oil field services company Schlumberger have jointly proposed the Women in Engineering and Technology Forum (WETF).

The forum, the first of its kind in the Middle East that will be expanded to other GCC countries, will be launched at a three-day workshop beginning on March 8 at the women’s campus of the UAE University here.


Blogger EclectEcon said...

I presume Larry Summers has been invited to deliver the keynote address.

12:24 AM  

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