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Gender equality: how global universities are performing, part 2

Published date 2022-05-20
Author Times Higher Education - UNESCO IESALC
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Female students now outnumber male students globally; although there are still fewer women in STEM subjects worldwide, several Asian countries have a higher share of women enrolled in STEM degrees than in arts, humanities or social sciences; and the majority of universities say they have various policies and services that contribute to the goal of gender equality, such as a policy of non-discrimination against women and the provision of appropriate women’s access schemes, such as mentoring or scholarships. But there are important lessons too. Most universities are unable to provide relevant evidence of their policies and services that support women’s advancement, suggesting that while certain codes may ostensibly be in place, they are not necessarily being implemented across institutions. Universities are also more focused on measuring women’s access to higher education than tracking their outcomes and success rates, while women remain underrepresented in senior positions and among published academic authors. In this second report, we provide a literature review to put these findings into context, deeper analysis on some of the trends based on updated data, and recommendations for universities.

Part one of this title is available here:

Gender equality: how global universities are performing, part 1