Latest enrollment numbers at Qatar University: Big gender imbalance
John Impagliazzo at Qatar University just sent me some striking numbers about enrollment in their computing programs for this semester, which he said that I could share here:
Computer Science: 39 males, 94 females.
Computer Engineering: 0 males, 128 females
(Computer Engineering not yet offered on men’s campus, only on women’s campus)
MS in Computing: 14 males, 23 females
Why is the gender difference so shifted in Qatar as compared with US and Europe? Do these students have a different perception or definition of the field than do students here in the United States? Or are they deciding based on other factors than whether CS is “nerdy/geeky” or not? While the Computer Science and MS numbers are amazing, I find the huge numbers for Computer Engineering just as interesting and even more puzzling. Why would Computer Engineering be an even bigger draw than Computer Science?