Growing number of women applying for engineering degrees

Courtney Withers, studying for a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) / Bachelor of Project Management. Image: University of Sydney

The University of Sydney has found more women are opting to study engineering and computing undergraduate degrees.

Women account for one out of every three students across the engineering, computing and project management degrees at the university, twice the national average.

The university has identified its initiatives and strategies to bring more women into these degrees are working, as women currently make up more than half the total number of biomedical engineering students and 43 per cent of project management students.

It has also found a growing number of women enrolled across all faculties, recording a 30 per cent jump over the last four years.

The university has acknowledged the importance of continued support and the provision of opportunities for women through their engineering and computing course.

One of these efforts is through the 2017 Leadership Scholarships which were awarded to 60 per cent of women.

The scholarship provides students leadership development skills and gives them professional experience at top Australian companies. Students will also be mentored, be given access to alumni, industry and government leaders and given the opportunity to take project based units of study.

Scholarship recipient Courtney Withers, who recently started a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechantronic)/ Bachelor of Project Management degree, applied for it because of the opportunities it would provide.

“The scholarship stood out for me as it provides not only a foundation in leadership, but also valuable practical experience within the autonomous systems and artificial intelligence industry,” she said.

“I am grateful for this amazing opportunity and cannot wait to see where the scholarship takes me over the course of my studies.”