AURAK Promotes Women’s Opportunities in STEM Education with AGYA Workshop

RAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The
American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK)
in association with
the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), has
today launched the ‘Women in STEM Education and Career Pathways’

The international conference specifically focuses on boosting
opportunities and awareness for women in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) education. Over the course of the two days
prominent women within the fields of science, technology and
engineering, delivered lectures on their own personal experiences and
how the situation could potentially be improved.

Reflecting on the importance of such initiatives, particularly within
the Middle East and North Africa region, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al
Alkim, AURAK president, stated, “As a university, I feel that we have a
duty to actively promote progressive values and attitudes. Through the
power of education we are obligated to encourage equal opportunities for
women, both within education and the sphere of work.”

In the keynote session, ‘Women in Engineering and Higher Education’,
dean of the AURAK School of Engineering, Professor Mousa Mohsen, gave a
speech examining the reasons as to why women in general, and
particularly those living in the Arab region, have their opportunities
restricted due to numerous sociocultural factors which need to be
urgently addressed. Another keynote speaker, Dr. Felizitas Sagebiel from
the University of Wuppertal in Germany, tackled the issue of gender
stereotypes and their harmful effects on society.

Subsequent sessions, all aimed at the empowerment of women, took place
throughout Sunday and Monday, included ‘Women and Careers in Research’,
‘Shortage of Females in STEM’, ‘Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurial
Skills’ and ‘Best Practices for Attracting Women to Careers in
Engineering in the Arab States and Germany’. These discussions and talks
were led by a number of empowered women from institutions across the
UAE, Germany, Morocco and Jordan.

This initiative is the latest collaboration between AURAK and its German
partners. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
sponsored the event, while AURAK’s Dr. Ahmad Sakhrieh is also the
co-president of AGYA.

*Source: ME


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