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STEM Education is for Girls Too

In a previous blog post, we discussed what STEM education is and why ME Education has adopted this beneficial system of education.

In this blog, we will cover why it is especially empowering for our female students, and how this new approach caters to their unique needs.

First, a brief introduction about what STEM education is.

The STEM curriculum is centred around four specific disciplines:

Science

Technology

Engineering

Mathematics

Why is STEM Important?

Today’s job market is largely focused on technology and the sciences. Some of the brightest prospects for graduating students are in STEM related fields. We are confident that when our students leave us, they are armed with far more than just a certificate. We want to know that as educators, we have equipped them as best we can to flourish and find success in whatever path they choose.

That’s why we have adopted the STEM framework of education. We are especially proud to be offering it to our female students because women are highly underrepresented in STEM related fields.


Women in STEM

In Asia, the number of women who make up the STEM research workforce is way below the (already low) global average. Unfortunately, in Hong Kong, according to the marked gender skew in STEM-related subject choices, and university degree enrolments, a significant number of female students are not considering careers in STEM related fields.

In hard science fields like mathematics, engineering, and software development, only 16% of the countries in Asia have an equal or above-equal share of women working in STEM-related fields. The global STEM research workforce has a meagre female representation of only 30%.