Turkey outdistanced EU in number of science women

Turkey outdistanced EU in number of science women

According to data published by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat), rate of science women working in research, technology, healthcare, engineering and R&D fields reached 45 percent. Exceeding EU average of 41 percent, Turkey also left Germany, France and Great Britain behind.

European Statistics Office (Eurostat) is sharing education data regarding not only the European Union (EU) member states, but also partner countries. According to 2017 data published by Eurostat yesterday, Turkey recorded a better rate than most of EU member states in rates of science women and women engineers. Total number of science women and women engineers is 7.1 million in EU member states.

According to 2017 data, rate of science women and women engineers is recorded as 45 percent in Turkey. Thus, Turkey did not only exceed EU average of 41 percent, but also left Germany, France and Great Britain behind.


Lithuania is in the first rank in the rate of science women and women engineers with a rate of 57 percent.  It is followed by Norway with 54 percent, and by Bulgaria and Latvia with 53 percent. At the end of the list, Hungary and Luxembourg are seen with 25 percent. Finland with 29 percent and Germany with 33 percent also remained below the EU average. 


“The Republic of Turkey is encouraging women to deal with technical and engineering fields since the very first day of its foundation. In this sense, we have left behind many countries of Europe. Not only in Turkey, but also in universities of many other countries like for instance USA, you can easily see a great many of female students from Turkey in many fields, also including engineering disciplines. However, Europe is aware of the gap and is now trying to close the gap through great incentives. Turkey should strive for further increasing the rate of women researchers and engineers. While the European countries take great steps forward, we cannot wait where we are. In Turkey, especially the rate of women in decision making positions is very low. While one of every two rectors is a woman in Sweden, this rate is only 8 percent in Turkey. We must take measures and actions in order to increase representation of women in this field as well,” says Prof. Dr. Gülsün Sağlamer (European Women Rectors Association).


“In Turkey, at present, rate of women faculty members is around 45 percent. Rate of increase in the last 30 years was approximately 50 percent. Particularly number of assistant associate professors and research assistants is more in comparison to other positions. Rate of increase in Turkey is above the average of the European countries as well. In the first years of the Republic, Atatürk, as our headmaster, has adopted policies giving equal rights to women in academy and civil service, and the first universities opened in our young Republic has shown great efforts so as to accept female students, and all these factors have made substantial effects on the present picture in Turkey,” says Prof. Dr. Esra Gençtürk (Rector of Özyeğin University).