Why do we need special activities for women?
More boys than girls acquire programming experience during their teens, and many young men are familiar with IT when they choose an education. Research shows that young people are more likely to choose a technical IT education if they have programming experience. For this reason, we want give young women an opportunity to try their hand at programming before choosing an education.
Through our initiatives, female high school students also encounter role models that they can relate to – female software students and women with jobs in the IT industry. By meeting these role models, they learn that that the stereotype that only men work with IT is not accurate.
The admission procedure to ITU's programmes does not take gender into account.
Don't you have activities for men?
ITU has a number of activities for all young people who are curious about our IT programmes.
As a high school student you can become a student for a day and get a sense of both the academic and the social study environment. You can also participate in a three day student internship, visit ITU or receive programming instruction with your high school class, or join our open house events.
Aren’t women just naturally less interested in IT?
Culture and stereotypes play a role when young people choose an education. Since we in Denmark have a relatively gender-divided education and labour market, it is necessary to make young women aware of the possibilities within IT. The purpose of our activities is to make the young women curious about technology and show them that IT is just as much for them as for males. Our experience is that many young people get an appetite for working on the technology once they have tried it.
What are the results of the project?
We see a clear trend that more and more women are applying to and being admitted to our technical programmes.
From 2016 to 2018, the share of women among newly admitted bachelor students at ITU increased from 25% to 34%. In the same period, the share of women admitted to the BSc in Software Development programme has increased from 12% to 20%, while the number has increased from 24% to 30% in the Data Science programme.
Almost 30 percent of former participants in our IT Camps for female high school students have subsequently applied to a programme at ITU.