articles | 25 April 2019

Cyprus above EU average for women studying ICT

Across Europe girls and women were largely in a minority, accounting for only 17% of all ICT students but this figure was much higher in Cyprus at 26%.

When it came to women studying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Cyprus was ahead of most EU states coming in the top five behind Sweden (29%), Greece (29%), Romania and Bulgaria which had the highest percentage.

About 1.3 million people were studying ICT in the European Union in 2016 but female students are underrepresented in the discipline.

Across the EU Member States, their share ranged from less than 10% in Netherlands (6%) and Belgium (8%) to over 30% in Bulgaria (33 %) and Romania (31%).

These figures refer to students studying at upper secondary level or above.

This information is published by Eurostat on the occasion of International Girls in ICT Day, celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.

It is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness among girls and young women about the importance of digital skills and encouraging them to consider studies and careers in information and communication technologies.

Source: Financial Mirror

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