“My goal is to be better than yesterday, not to prove that I am better than a man”, says aviation engineer Bengisu Yilmaz, one of the many bright researchers working in the laboratories of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU).
According to the data from Eurostat, in 2019, there were more than 6.3 million female scientists and engineers in the EU, accounting for 41% of total employment in science and engineering. However, in Lithuania, more than half of all scientists and engineers are women. With 55% of female scientists, we are the leaders in Europe.
Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is contributing to building the number of girls and women in science and tech: 53 per cent of all women, studying at KTU, are studying in physical sciences, engineering and technology fields.
“I have met many girls at KTU, who are really passionate about their technological degree, and I believe that more and more girls will come. I stand by the idea that stereotypical gender and family roles will eventually crumble and the girls will also be more willing to give “hard” sciences a try”, says future computer scientist Sona Yavrumyan from Armenia.
At the moment, almost 75 per cent of KTU students study physical sciences, engineering and technology.