The FINANCIAL - More than 1.3 million people were studying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the European Union (EU) in 2018. Overall, considering upper secondary and tertiary education, girls and women were still under-represented in this field, accounting for only 17% of all ICT students in the EU.
Among the EU Member States, Belgium stood out as 37% of the ICT students in Belgium were female in 2018. The share of female ICT students were close to one third also in Romania (32%), Bulgaria (31%), Greece and Sweden (both 30%). In contrast, female students accounted for less than 10% in the Netherlands (8%) and Luxembourg (9%).
However, the share of female ICT students were higher at higher education levels. Among ICT doctorate students in the EU in 2018, 22% were female. In Latvia, almost one half (47%) of the ICT doctorate students were female, closely followed by Croatia (43%).
At EU level, the share of female ICT master students were the same as for doctorate students (22%). The highest shares were recorded in Estonia (36%), Bulgaria, Denmark and Romania (all 35%), where more than a third of the ICT master students were female, closely followed by Greece (33%) and Sweden (32%).