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Gender enrolment gap in PSE to grow


According to a new report from the OECD, Higher Education to 2030, Canadian post-secondary institutions may be enrolling almost twice as many female students as male students by 2025. More from University World News:

Women will account for more than 70% of higher education students in Austria and England and for an average of 59% across the developed world by 2025, a new OECD report indicates.

The report, Higher Education to 2030, said in 2005, 55% of higher education students in the 30 OECD nations were women and women accounted for 60% or more of higher education enrolments in Norway, Sweden and Iceland. But by 2025, 10 nations would have student bodies that were 60% or more female and the OECD average would be 59%, the report said.

Only Japan, Korea and Turkey were expected to still have fewer women students than men by 2025. Japan’s student population was expected to be 48% female, Korea’s 40% and Turkey’s 43% by 2025 – projections that included minimal growth from present figures.

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Gender enrolment gap in PSE to grow

  1. I have to wonder if there is any more basis to this than just extrapolation of recent trends. There are more women in the world and they are still having employment issues. Post-secondary education is a fallback position for the employment-challenged, but I have to think the likely limits are far less than those projected.

    There is a growing feeling that University enrollments may have reached a plateau and that community colleges are the new trend. In addition we are looking at a significant drop in the labor force if the recession takes hold. I think those events might cause a slight reversal of the gender bias.