Australian University makes it easier for women to be admitted to technical training – but claims it is a & # 39; award not a & # 39; is
- UTS gives female students ten extra ATAR points for engineering and IT courses
- Plan wants to encourage more girls to pursue a career in a male-dominated field
- Women represent only 13 percent of engineering employees
An Australian university plans to make it easier for women to be admitted to technical training.
The University of Technology Sydney has announced the plan that will take place next year in the hope that it will increase the number of women in the program.
The movement aims to encourage girls leaving school to pursue a career in a male-dominated industry – with women making up only 13 percent of the technical workforce.
University of Technology Sydney is planning to offer female students enrolling for engineering and IT degrees no less than ten extra ATAR points
The director of UTS Women in Engineering and IT, Arti Agrawal, believes that gender-balanced workplaces are beneficial to every industry.
& # 39; Gender-balanced teams perform better, according to numerous studies. (The) industry needs more female talent to produce the best technical products and services for our society, & Dr. 39 said. Agrawal to Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; By removing barriers to entry, we let our best talent enter the professions. & # 39;
The university received approval from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board to offer the extra points to female students.
Dr. Agrawal said that although women have help getting their degree, men and women are treated the same.
& # 39; All students participating in the courses must follow the same strict degree requirements for exams, tests, studios & internships & she said.
& # 39; Achieving a university is just the beginning of their education: they really have to get their degree. & # 39;
The University of Technology in Sydney has announced the plan in the hope that it will increase the number of women in the program (file image)
Justine Romanics, National Manager for Professional Diversity and STEM at Engineers Australia also supported the plan.
& # 39; We must be disruptive – what we have done does not work, & # 39; she said in one statement.
& # 39; It is time to press the switch. We must show the benefits that greater diversity will bring to everyone – for individuals, for teams, for organizations, for the profession. & # 39;
Gavan Huang, mechanical engineering student currently in his fifth year at UTS, has welcomed the new plan.
& # 39; The more gender diversity we can build into teams, the more innovation we can promote and deliver in our project results & # 39 ;, Huang said.
Many universities offer students positions, although they do not achieve the desired ATAR rating.
Bonus points, interviews, early admission offers and HSC markings can all contribute to a person being admitted to a university without complying with the ATAR requirement.
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