Women Outnumber Men in Higher Education Classrooms in Shandong

February 2, 2016
By Yao JianEditor: Frank Zhao
Women Outnumber Men in Higher Education Classrooms in Shandong

The number of female students at senior high schools and universities in Shandong Province, east China, has surpassed their male peers in 2014, indicating that opportunities have improved and the gender gap is closing in education — reported China Women's News on Monday.[tukuchina.cn]

The number of female students at senior high schools and universities in Shandong Province, east China, has surpassed their male peers in 2014, indicating that opportunities have improved and the gender gap is closing in education — reported China Women's News on Monday.

Data from Shandong Working Committee on Children and Women shows that, in 2014, more than half of those in senior high school education were women; roughly the same percentage as those in junior college, undergraduate programs, and postgraduate programs at around 53-55 percent.

The number of girls at preschools and elementary schools is less: around 46 percent; and female students at junior high schools make up about 47 percent.

Shandong has taken measures to ensure gender equality in admissions, graduation, degree granting and offering opportunities for overseas studies. In terms of university admission criteria, the province strictly requires universities not to decline female applicants for gender-related reasons.

Other measures such as building business incubators for college graduates and giving vocational training to women, have also been introduced locally to boost women's employment and encourage startups.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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