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Project: Generation Z enters STEM – diversity for a sustainable future

The interest of women to study and work within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is globally quite low. In western Balkan, the interest is even lower. For this reason, this project brings Swedish experiences to find a way to increase the number of women getting interested in STEM in western Balkan, especially in Kosovo.

Project information

Project manager
Mexhid Ferati
Other project members at Linnaeus University
Christina Mörtberg, Arianit Kurti
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University; Rochester Institute of Technology, Kosovo
Stint (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education)
Sept 2020–Aug 2022
Informatics (Department of Informatics, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

Women make up one half of the society. However, they account for 40 % only of the labour force. In some countries, such as India and Saudi Arabia, such values are around 20 %, whereas they are close to 50 % in Sweden and Canada. Over 70% of all women in Sweden are employed, but only 12 % in Kosovo. Globally, the number of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers is quite low.

The serious weaknesses of Kosovo's educational system raise short-term and long-term challenges that need to be addressed. With this project, the goal is to initiate cross-institutional and multiple-stakeholder collaboration through which we aim to increase the interest in STEM studies and careers, with activities for high school students in Kosovo. This would be achieved by learning about interaction technologies and design inputs that are applicable a Swedish context. More specifically, we aim to build a sustainable body of knowledge in order to address the challenges of achieving gender equality in STEM education in the scope of Agenda 2030, for both Sweden and Kosovo.

The project is part of the research in the Interaction Design Research Group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Education in change.