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UCT Aims To Make IT Appealing To Female Students

The School of IT has introduced The Girl’s Lounge, sponsored by SAP and the Female Quotient. These host events to help female students network and find a comfortable space in the world of information technology.

UCT aims to make IT appealing to female students

Information Technology (IT) is traditionally a male-dominated sector, but the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of IT is working hard to make the sector more attractive to women.

The stereotype that majoring in the field of IT involves little except coding all day has been one of the reasons cited that women find IT an unattractive choice. But this is not a local issue and certainly not an issue at UCT only.

The UCT School of IT was founded in 2018 in response to the growing needs of the South African and global tech industry, and the increasing demand for university qualifications in the sector.

Professor Ulrike Rivett, Director of the School of IT, was the first female full professor in the Department of Information Systems.

“Women in our departments have always shown their excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship and their many accolades are witnesses to that,” says Professor Rivett. Her concern remains that the shortage of IT skills in the country requires more students to join the IT sector, a field that pays better than most.

At the recent School of IT showcase, exciting projects by both male and female students were presented, including Chelsea-Joy Wardle’s work, in partnership with Milk Matters, that created a mobile app to help women donate their breast milk to premature, ill and vulnerable babies.

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