Engineers at the Politecnico di Milano: 1 out of 4 students is a woman

Donatella Sciuto, Executive Vice Rector, comments on the data on the new Gender Report in an interview with Alley Oop - Il Sole 24 Ore

The number of enrollments of women is stable and is reflecting of dynamics that are slowly evolving over generations, of an awareness that girsl still need to make their own. Nonetheless the girls that begin a STEM career, despite being few, are more committed and perform better" says Professor Donatella Sciuto, Executive vice rector of the Politecnico di Milano, interviewed by Alley Oop – Il Sole 24 Ore, on the occasion of the publishing of the Gender Report 2020.

Sciuto comments on the data related to the female presence in the various course studies of the Politecnico di Milano which shows a good female presence in Architecture and Design, while Engineering is still predominantly male despite an increasing trend in the female enrollment (in a.y. 2018-2019 women were 24,1% e 27,5% of the total with respect the undergraduate and graduate degrees).

“It is worth to invest on two sides, to help women to begin their career and to make their career progress in the brief and medium period, inside and outside the university. That would be an incentive to increase the number of women in technological careers. I believe that we can work on this aspect collaborating with companies to get more immediate results."

In line with the strategic actions of the Politecnico di Milano to favour a better diversity and inclusion at the University the Gender report takes a snaphot each year of the gender balance in the study and work fields at the university, among teaching and administrative staff as well. The Gender Balances then indicates the politics, the actions to act upon the principles of promoting equal opportunities indicating future goals and objectives.