Female students in tertiary education on the rise

There is an increasing number of female students in public institutions of higher learning in Sarawak, said the Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office, Datin Fatimah Abdullah today.

Based on a study carried out by the Sarawak Women and Family Council, she said the precentage of women pursuing degree, diploma and certificate programmes at the Kota Samarahan campus of the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) was 64.8 per cent for the year 2001 until last year.

“Women graduates at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) rose from 54.1 per cent in 1999 to 64.2 per cent in 2005 and the figure rose to 68.2 per cent last year,” she said at the SMK St Teresa Excellence Day in conjunction with its 125th anniversary, here today.

Based on the study by the council, Fatimah said 60 per cent of the medical doctors from Unimas from the year 2000 to 2009 were women.

– Bernama