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Singapore Research Scientists and Engineers

In the latest National Survey of Research and Development in Singapore (2018) published by the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research in Singapore, the gender representation of research scientists and engineers were provided for the span of ten years (2008-2018). Over this time, women’s representation among research scientists and engineers has slowly increased. Women represented 26% of research scientists and engineers in 2008, and in 2018, their representation among these STEM workers increased to 30%.

Singapore Higher Education

Each year the Ministry of Education in Singapore publishes a report titled Education Statistics Digest, which provides information on gender representation of students admitted, enrolled, and graduated from engineering and engineering sciences across various higher education institutions in Singapore. Across the years of 2016 to 2019, the percentage of female students admitted to engineering and engineering sciences hovers around 22%. Similarly, about 22% of students who graduate from these fields are women in this time period.

COVID-19 Research

In June 2020, SWE surveyed its members to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic was impacting their college and career plans. Most survey respondents were U.S.-based. In October 2020, a second survey was sent to SWE members in India to determine how the pandemic was affecting women engineers and engineering students in that country. Read about…

Malaysia Engineering Professionals

Data from the last three annual reports created by the Board of Engineers Malaysia show that the majority of registered engineers across various levels tend to concentrate around three specific engineering disciplines: civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. However, the majority of registered professional engineers and professional engineers with practicing certifications (highest level) are in civil…

Malaysia Higher Education

In 2017, the Department of Statistics in Malaysia published a report titled Statistics on Women Empowerment in Selected Domains, which provided information on student enrollment in engineering, manufacturing, and construction. The overall proportion of women enrolled in these fields was between 37% and 40% from 2014 to 2016. Women’s representation differs by the type of…

Singapore Science and Engineering Career Expectations

Students were also surveyed in the 2018 PISA about their science and engineering career aspirations. While a higher proportion of male and female students from Singapore expect to have a science or engineering career by age 30 compared to the OECD average proportion of boys and girls, a gender difference is evident. Specifically, boys (26%) from Singapore are almost three times as likely to have these career expectations compared to girls (9%).

Singapore High School Preparation

The mathematics and science performance of 15-year-old students from Singapore was assessed in OECD’s 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessment. Both male and female students from Singapore, on average, outperformed their counterparts from OECD countries in both subjects. Yet, boys performed slightly better than girls on both math and science portions of the PISA.

NSF INCLUDES: Women of Color in Engineering Collaborative

The Society of Women Engineers, in collaboration with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #2040634) to support the creation of the Women of Color in Engineering Collaborative (WCEC). With this grant, SWE will begin to build…

Malaysia Science and Engineering Career Expectations

The 2018 PISA survey also included a portion where students were asked about their science and engineering career aspirations. A comparable proportion of both Malaysian boys and girls (18% and 6%, respectively) as the OECD average proportion of boys and girls (15% and 7%, respectively) expect to have a science or engineering career by age…

Malaysia High School Preparation

Fifteen-year-old students from Malaysia participated in OECD’s 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessment. In both mathematics and science, Malaysian students’ average scores were lower than the average scores of students belonging to OECD countries. However, for both math and science portions of the PISA, Malaysian girls’ average scores were higher than that of…