Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The reversed gender gap at universities - Bill Dodson

BD_Casual2v2revBill Dodson          
Most are familiar with the gender gap in China, where men outnumber women in national statistics. But Bill Dodson noted recently during lectures at a business school in Ningbo, his class had a reversed gender gap: 70 percent female students.
In his weblog:
After the university talk, I asked my hosts why it was the audience was so tilted toward women. Was it that women who had found the poster advertising the talk found my photo sexy or was it the more urbane fact that there were overwhelmingly more women on campus than men? (Actually, I didn’t ask the first question; though I did entertain the thought).
My host, a young, portly and good-natured student who worked part-time at the library answered, “The curriculum at the school is in English,” he himself answered in accented English. “Women score better on the language portion of the university entrance examination than the men, so more women than men are admitted to the university; also, more women in the undergraduate school enroll in our business school.” He finished quickly, “When we open our engineering school, the campus should attract more men. We hope to have more balance at the school within a couple years.”
Bill Dodson is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. When you need him at your meeting or conference, do get in touch.
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