Microsoft has organized on Thursday, at the Central University Library, the #MakeWhatsNext event, encouraging the next generations of girls and young women across Europe to get involved in computer science education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields of study in recognition of a widening gender gap and under-representation of women in the sector.
According to a report issued by OECD, here is a significant need to encourage more girls and young women to pursue STEM fields of study. In OECD countries alone, fewer than one in five computer science graduates are female (OECD Gender Equality report), meaning that a huge portion of the global population is missing out on these critical skills and professional opportunities. Moreover, this lack of gender diversity in the sector means there is a risk of missing out on the next disruptive idea or innovation that could improve our world.
Microsoft is committed to this initiative globally, and here in Europe the company’s commitment runs especially deep. This spring, Microsoft is supporting 43 training and education events in 27 countries across the region, reaching more than 6,700 European girls and young women.
In Romania, Junior Achievement organization is joining forces with Microsoft to inspire and inform young women between 16 -24 years about the potential of STEM studies and a career path in technology.