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Women at ETH


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More Balanced Gender Ratio Leads to New Success

Since the mid-1990s, more and more women are working and studying at ETH Zurich. Especially the percentage of female students has increased, currently accounting for almost a third of the total number of students. At present, the proportion of women is growing most strongly among PhD students. Especially young female researchers from abroad are very attracted by the ETH. On the professor level, a trend towards a more balanced gender ratio is remarkably harder to achieve. However, even on that level the percentage of female professors has doubled and reached 10%. In this respect, American universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where already 20% of the professorships are occupied by women, can serve as a positive example for ETH Zurich.

For many women, working as a scientist offers exciting and satisfactory career opportunities. Female professors at ETH can both smooth the way for younger female researcher’s careers and motivate young, talented women to choose an occupation in the scientific and technical field. More and more female researchers at ETH are awarded important prices, showing that women increasingly set landmarks in science and have a considerable impact in different research fields.


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