Universities must ‘get on with their jobs’ as more students apply for degrees
A survey of university students at toledos universities has revealed a surge in the number of people applying for degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The results from the first of two national surveys to be carried out on student enrolments at toldos universities showed more than 12,000 people applied for a degree in STEM at tolledos, the largest number of new applications in the past two years.
Key points:Students applying for a STEM degree increased from 16,000 in 2016 to 27,000 last year.
More than 11,000 applied for the Bachelor of Science in Technology degree in 2017, up from 7,000 the previous year.
University of Technology, Sydney graduate Rebecca Hodge said she was pleased to see more people applying.
“I think it’s very encouraging and I’m really glad to see a lot more students wanting to go into the STEM industry,” she said.
“It’s so important that we provide a wide range of education options and I think it is a really good way to engage with the workforce in the future.”
She said a large part of the increase in students applying for STEM degrees was the result of a drop in enrolments in the previous academic year, which saw a number of students dropped out of school for health reasons.
“There was a number that just dropped out,” she explained.
“The main thing I think people need to remember is that there are many more students applying now than they did in 2016.”
University of Tasmania graduate James Glynn said there were a number reasons why there was a lot of interest in STEM degrees.
“A lot of students are now studying the STEM subjects, whether it’s the physical sciences, the chemistry and biology, the physics, the computer science, they all have to be very interested in these fields,” he said.
University student Chris Wilson said he thought there was still a lot to be done to attract students to the field.
“We need to recruit and retain the people that we have to attract to our university,” he explained.