Factors influencing female Emirati student’s decision to study engineering


Despite the intensive focus and resources devoted to recruitment and retention of female engineering students over the past several decades, women remain underrepresented in the field of engineering. Although recent global trends reveal an increase in women enrolling in engineering, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) women are still a minority amongst engineering students, mainly because until recently engineering programmes were not accessible to female Emirati students. However, with the establishment of several engineering-only institutions and the launch of single-gender engineering programmes, female Emirati students are gradually entering this non-traditional academic and career path. This article is based on a study conducted at the Petroleum Institute, where seventy-five undergraduate female engineering students participated in the study. The aim of this research study was to identify factors that influence Emirati female students’ decision to study engineering.

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