About 1.3 million people were studying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the European Union (EU) in 2016. Girls and women were largely in a minority, accounting for only 17 % of all ICT students.
Across the EU Member States, their share ranged from less than 10 % in Netherlands (6%) and Belgium (8 %) to over 30 % in Bulgaria (33 %) and Romania (31 %), Eurostat informs on Thursday.
Only 8 Member States have a share of at least 20% of girls and women as ICT students: Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Sweden, Cyprus, Estonia, Croatia, the UK Britanie and Denmark.
These figures refer to students studying at upper secondary level or above. Also, data by field of education are not available for post-secondary non-tertiary education (ISCED 4) in Czechia, Ireland and Italy or for doctoral or equivalent level (ISCED 8) in the Netherlands.
This information is published by Eurostat on the occasion of International Girls in ICT Day, celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year. It is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness among girls and young women about the importance of digital skills and encouraging them to consider studies and careers in information and communication technologies.