W-STEM project is launched in Salamanca

27 March 2019

From March 25th to 27th 2019 was held at the University of Salamanca the kick-off meeting of the project: "Building the future of Latin America: engaging women into STEM programs", (W-STEM). The consortium that integrates 15 Higher Education Institutions of Latin America and Europe, UNESCO and Columbus, as External Evaluator in the implementation of the project, shared during these days their visios and expectations of the project.

Mesa de Trabajo

The W-STEM project aims to improve the strategies and mechanisms of attraction, access and orientation of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs in Higher Education in Latin America and has been funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + program for Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education in Latin America.

Kick-Off Meeting

The project seeks to improve a recurrent situation in STEM careers that Francisco García Peñalvo, GRIAL Group Director and Project Coordinator at the University of Salamanca, has exposed: "There is a general problem, right now, scientific careers and engineering have a deficit of attraction among young people in general and women, in particular, have a much smaller representation ".

Grupo Biblioteca

The University of Salamanca, coordinator of the project, hosted for three days this conference in which they discussed the activities to be carried out during the implementation of the project that will last 3 years with a budget representing 860,000 euros. The activities will be carried out on different fronts: attraction of female students in secondary schools, the selection for entry to the university and the retention of women so that they do not abandon their STEM studies. The partners involved in the project through the actions that will be undertaken during these three years should improve their indicators of gender ratio in STEM programs and then disseminate these good practices with other institutions in Latin America.


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