Thursday, 8 September 2011

University gender gap


Nationwide trend points towards females outnumbering males
KUALA LUMPUR: New students are checking in at local universities this week — and it doesn’t look good for the boys, with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia recording an even bigger gender imbalance than the current national average of 65:35 in favour of female undergraduates.

The 70:30 ratio in the newest batch of UKM undergraduates compares with its 60:40 equation last year, said UKM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Prof Dr Othman A. Karim.

He said this was a nationwide trend.
“More female applicants had better academic results and performance, which explains the increase in the gender gap,” said Othman.

The university welcomed yesterday 2,930 students, comprising 2,051 women and 879 men across 13 different faculties at the start of the 2011/12 academic year.

At Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), of the 3,631 new undergraduates who had signed up as of yesterday, the gender ratio was 67:33. UPM deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan denied that applicants were accepted based on a gender quota.
“Admission is based solely on meritocracy.

The female students were just more qualified than the males.” Fauzi said the gender imbalance meant that UPM had to allocate more residential colleges for women while there were still vacancies for men.

Records show that male students used to outnumber females. In 1990, a milestone was reached when women made up 50 per cent of underg raduates.
However, since then the number of women began to gradually exceed the men, pushing the ratio to 63:37 by 2005, which was when the gender ratio at primary school level was at 50:50.

Sumber dari akhbar NewstraitsTimes~

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