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U-Multirank Gender Monitor 2021 | An analysis of the female to male ratio within the higher education ladder

Gender has been and still is a major dimension of inequalities in higher education. No demographic characteristic is so fraught with stereotypes than that of gender. In social life, school and of course even later in higher education, some people live, or are bound by these stereotypes: ‘women are more social’, ‘men are more technically adept’ - even the choice of study courses is influenced by the social constructs of gender.

To address this gender stereotyping and gender imbalances within subjects, there were and are a variety of initiatives, such as ‘Women in STEM' aimed at paving the way for young women into traditionally male-dominated subjects. To assess the current state of this, U-Multirank presents an analysis to show how women and men are generally distributed at universities, and whether the well-known ‘male and female subjects’ still exist at higher education institutions.

The U-Multirank database and refer to the academic years 2018 or 2019. The analysis includes 900 institutions from more than 80 countries which provided comprehensive data on gender. The data is assessed at both the institutional and subject levels and includes 25 subjects in total. This analysis is the first of a planned annual monitoring on gender in higher education.​

>> Find the complete document of the analysis at this link .

Latest update: 05.10.2023