The Yamada Shintaro D&I Foundation, a public interest incorporated foundation, is collaborating with 24 universities across the country, including Aoyama Gakuin University, Keio University, and Nagoya University, to host "Girls Meet STEM College," a tour-style program for junior and senior high school girls that allows them to experience student life in the STEM (science and engineering) fields.

 Japan's university enrollment rate for women in STEM fields is the lowest among OECD countries at 19% (calculated by combining science and engineering faculties from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's "School Basic Survey" in 5, according to the Yamada Shintaro D&I Foundation). To solve this problem, the Foundation has placed importance on giving pre-university female students the opportunity to experience a variety of STEM fields of work and learning, as it believes this will increase their interest in STEM fields.

 In 2023, a survey was conducted targeting 272 female junior high school students, in which they heard stories about their work from women working in STEM fields. The results showed that compared to before the participation, the number of students who responded that they "became interested in STEM occupations" increased by approximately three times, and the number of students who responded that they "could now imagine women working in STEM occupations" increased by approximately nine times, highlighting the importance of having role models and being exposed to people working in STEM fields.

 Therefore, we planned "Girls Meet STEM College" with the idea that by participating in various experiences before choosing their career path, junior and senior high school girls will be able to have a more concrete image of what it would be like to go on to STEM fields. In cooperation with 24 universities nationwide, we support junior and senior high school girls to discover what they want to do and what they are interested in, meet various university role models, and take part in laboratory and campus tours, interact with university students, and more, so that they can more proactively choose what they like.

 The program will run year-round starting in July 2024. It is aimed at girls from the first year of junior high school to the third year of high school (including those who identify as female), and the programs will be held either in person or online. Depending on the program, parents may also be able to participate. Pre-registration will begin on June 7th, with full entries opening in early July. For more details, please check the website.

◾️Participating universities (as of June 2024, in alphabetical order)
Aoyama Gakuin University / Iwate University / Osaka University / Ochanomizu University / Kanazawa University (Diversity Promotion Organization) / The University of Kitakyushu / Kumamoto University / Keio University / Saga University / University of Shiga Prefecture / Shibaura Institute of Technology / Sophia University / Shinshu University / University of Tsukuba / Teikyo University / Tokyo Institute of Technology / Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences / Tohoku University (DEI Promotion Center) / Nagoya University / Hachinohe Institute of Technology / University of Miyazaki / Yasuda Women's University / Yamanashi University / Yokohama National University

Reference: [Yamada Shintaro D&I Foundation] Supporting the career choices of over 10 junior and senior high school girls nationwide! Launching "Girls Meet STEM College", a program that allows students to experience student life in the STEM field! 24 universities nationwide, including Aoyama Gakuin University, Keio University, and Nagoya University, are participating

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