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UNB wants more women taking computer science

Only 15% of students are female

University of New Brunswick dean of computer science Ali Ghorbani wants the provincial government to promote his faculty to female high school and middle school students. Ghorbani told Canada East News Service that as much as 50 per cent of computer science students were women during the 1980s. Today, it is only 15 per cent. “It is a multi-faceted issue that society at large should address, government and the university,” he said. “Just imagine 20 years from now when these folks graduating become at the level of managers.” According to Ghorbani, the field suffers from being negatively stereotyped for being geeky and anti-social. Computer science graduates work in, and collaborate with, all areas of business, he said: “It’s a very creative field and also very collaborative.”

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