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How the proportion of women in MINT subjects is calculated – statistic of the week

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How the proportion of women in MINT subjects is calculated – statistic of the week

Around 37 percent of the three million students at German universities were enrolled in so-called MINT courses, short for mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, in the 2022/23 winter semester. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the proportion of women in these subjects was around 32 percent, with the proportion of female MINT students based on the entire academic year being 35 percent. As the Statista graphic shows, the proportion of female MINT students has increased in one segment in particular over the past few decades.


In 2013, for example, 106,084 women studied engineering. In 2023 there were already 190,779, which corresponds to an increase of around 80 percent. In the natural sciences and mathematics, however, the number of female students fell by around four percent between 2013 and 2023. If you look at the trend of students choosing MINT subjects as their first semester, regardless of gender, this number has been decreasing since 2017. At that time there were 351,000 first-year students, in 2022 there were 305,000 first-year students.

(Image: Statista)

The young talent in professions that require a STEM degree is traditionally male-dominated. Only about one in three new MINT students at German universities is a woman. The proportion of women among first-year students has only increased by around two percentage points since 2017. In the 2022/23 winter semester, around 61,201 women enrolled in a MINT course of study.




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The fact that skilled workers trained in MINT subjects are sought across Germany is shown by regular labor market evaluations by the German Economic Institute. Accordingly, almost 500,000 vacancies in MINT professions were registered in spring 2023 – three years earlier the demand was still below the 370,000 skilled workers.


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