Singapore has more women with PhDs in science and engineering

Singapore now has more women scientists and engineers (RSEs) holding PhDs, according to a survey conducted by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research revealed on Tuesday to mark the International Women's Day today, Straits Times Online reported on Wednesday.

Conducted in 2015, the latest survey showed there were 2,740 women PhD holders among the RSEs compared with 1,729 in 2010, representing a 50 percent jump.

According to 2014 survey, there were 7,168 RSE men with PhDs compared with 2,483 women.

Research scientist Sharon Nai, 39, who holds PhD in mechanical engineering and leads a team at A*Star researching on 3D additive manufacturing said she has seen more female interns seeking attachments, something she welcomes.

She said the ratio of males to females should not be a hindrance it is about having passion for the job.

Research scientist Tan Yen Nee, 35, agreed. One of the projects she is working on at A*Star Institute of Materials Research and Engineering can accelerate the process of discovery for new anti-cancer drugs.

I am happy to do research that can be translated into something beneficial for our society, she said.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)