AN ANALYSIS ON GENDER EQUALITY IN THE MARINE, MARITIME AND NAUTICAL ENGINEERING STUDIES IN CANTABRIA UNIVERSITY, SPAIN
University of Cantabria (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 12th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-7 July, 2020
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:Historically, engineering studies related to Marine and Naval activity have encountered a disparity in the ratio women to men, with an overwhelming proportion of male students. Nowadays, although the difference seems to have reduced, this situation persists. For example, in the Nautical Superior School of University of Cantabria, Spain, wherein this study is focused, the proportions for the 2019-2020 academic year reveals that 18% and 15,5% of the students are female vs an staggering 82% and 76% of males in bachelor and master respectively-
In order to study these phenomena, the authors designed a short and clear survey to collect the perceptions of the students’ of the aforementioned institution about the situation. Survey wants compile answers to questions related to like opinion on the gender equality throughout University studies, the reason to choose them, and their vision about gender equality on their future professional field, with both quantitative and qualitative results. Results shown that most of the students recognize that gender equality is not effective nowadays in the bachelor and masters levels, pointing out that the students are by different treatment based on the gender. The majority of students also expressed the feeling that the differences will be harsher in the professional field, because males have traditionally performed the marine environments jobs. The study trends to further steps should be take account, since the results shown that gender equality is not effective now in the marine, maritime and nautical university studies.
Keywords: Marine, maritime and nautical engineering, university, gender, equality.