The W-STEM project seeks to improve the strategies and mechanisms of attraction, access and orientation of women in the Latin American higher education STEM programs. This through different actions developed during the three years of implementation of the project (2019-2022):
• Measurement of gender equality in enrollment and retention rates in STEM programs - Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Information and communication technologies and engineering - at the undergraduate level.
• Implementation of policies, strategies and organizational mechanisms within universities to improve attraction, access and guidance at the undergraduate level in STEM programs.
• Promotion of the STEM vocation for girls and young women in secondary schools and orientation in the first year of the STEM programs.
• Development of an online training package for Higher Education Institutions to implement effective strategies to improve the attraction, access and orientation of Women in STEM programs.
The project is coordinated by the Universidad de Salamanca. 15 partners participate in this project, among we find UNESCO, as an associated partner, and 10 member universities of Columbus: Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico); Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso (Chile); Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar y Universidad del Norte (Colombia); Universidad de Costa Rica; Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja and Universidad Técnica del Norte (Ecuador).}
This network of important institutions brings different experiences to be able to build a "joint strategy at university level for STEM programs". In addition to having contributed with its experience in formulating the proposal and accompanying the presentation of the project, Columbus will act as external evaluator of the project ensuring quality and compliance with the commitments during the development of the project.