FemEng students complete STEM outreach project in Rwanda

Issued: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:00:00 BST

“FemEng in Rwanda” is a project led by university students in the University of Glasgow (UoG) to encourage participation of young women in science and engineering fields. This is a collaborative initiative with the University of Rwanda (UR). The team spent three weeks of practical engagement in July 2017.

The team consists of eight female students in engineering and computing science, eight female students in engineering and architecture from UR, and eight schoolgirls from various secondary schools in Rwanda. Together with multiple academics, Members of Parliament and organisation leaders, the teams are constructing effective ways to promote science and engineering to 12-15 year old students in Rwanda. 

On Friday 21st July, the team held a celebratory reception for the project within the University of Rwanda Headquarters, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Phil Cotton. Representatives from Zipline and Bridges to Prosperity joined for a chance to hear about the achievements and strengthen their links with the university. The attendees heard testimonials from a handful of the Rwandan girls, and their team leader gave an presentation about their experience of the project and their plans for the future. A club, named FutureYou, will carry on the project in the University in a sustainable fashion. This club will focus mainly on careers guidance in STEM and Architecture subjects (which they have referred to as “STEAM”).

All in all, the project was a great success and a leap ahead of the work done in 2016. FemEng will continue discussions with Parliamentary supporters in both countries, and push to grow their initiative over the coming months. 

This project was sponsored by: CH2M, Western Ferries, Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow, UoG Chancellor’s Fund, UoG School of Engineering, STAR Refrigeration