The Statistics on Post-School Education and Training in South Africa: 2019 published by the country’s Department of Higher Education and Training provides information on women’s representation among graduates from public higher education institutions (HEIs). In particular, women’s representation is close to parity across various educational levels in the fields of science, engineering, and technology (SET). For instance, women represent 54% of graduates attaining undergraduate degrees in SET fields. They also comprise slightly more than the majority among Master’s degree holders. However, their lowest representation is among doctoral graduates, where they represent 44% of those who attain doctoral degrees.
- Department of Higher Education and Training, Republic of South Africa. (2020). Statistics on Post-School Education and Training in South Africa: 2019.