How can we encourage more women to study computer science?
Women are widely underrepresented in Computer Science. We will consider why this is a problem from a societal, institutional, and individual level.
In 2015, only 10% of students on ITU’s Bachelor of Software Development were women. ITU decided to do something about this and a number of initiatives were launched. Now, the percentage of women has risen to 23% (in 2020). We will present an overview of ITU’s efforts to address this gender imbalance in computing.
Also, we will present brand new research on how to change educational activities so that they appeal more to women.
Finally, we will show the effect of ITU’s onboarding initiative BootIT and how this connects with increasing diversity.
Education Research (CCER),
IT University of Copenhagen