Scholarships to reduce the gender gap
Intesa Sanpaolo and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center support and guide young students in their choice of STEM degree courses at the Politecnico di Milano.
The Bank continues to work alongside female students in achieving their study and career objectives in the field of innovation and technology in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Intesa Sanpaolo and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center take part in the new edition of the GIRLS @ POLIMI project promoted by the Politecnico di MIlano, providing scholarships for as many young and future engineers.
The new 2022 - 23 call for applications is open.
Education, work and technology: gaps to be filled
Today's scenario still presents many constraints in the form of models, conditioning, stereotypes and inequalities that prevent women from betting on the future and being protagonists of changes.The path to gender equality still appears complex with many gaps to fill. If on the one hand, the high level of education can, theoretically, facilitate access to the world of work, from a practical point of view this doesn’t happens in Italy: even if Italian women represent 60% of graduates and are on average more educated of men, there is the lowest employment rate in Europe among them.
In addition, women continue to be weak subjects on the labor market: a few of them are in decision-making positions, they are almost always destined for the least paid sectors or in any case have lower wages than men of the same job.
Another important gap can be seen in the challenges brought about by digitalization: statistically, women have lower technological knowledge than men and are less ready for digital transformations. This means that, despite some facilitations introduced by technology, the differences in role between men and women within the family remain remarkable. Facts that lead us to act to give girls the support and skills necessary for the growth of their aspirations.
The goal is therefore to make women protagonists and not passive subjects of the taking place transformations, by investing in STEM training and in the technological knowledge necessary to open them up new spaces in the world of work.
IIntesa Sanpaolo partner of the Politecnico di Milano for the GIRLS @ POLIMI project
For all this we have once again chosen to be alongside those who promote initiatives that aim to enhance the talent of girls. We have chosen to keep supporting the GIRLS @ POLIMI project of the Politecnico di Milano because it is consistent with our approach to the issues of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. For the 2021 edition, Intesa Sanpaolo and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center have chosen to support the establishment of six scholarships to be allocated to as many deserving young students willing to enroll in STEM degree courses.
The scholarships will cover the entire duration of the three-year or master's course. The three-year scholarships are intended for students of the fourth and fifth grades who decide to enroll post-graduate in one of the STEM degree courses with a reduced presence of women. Thus, the project also offers girls ideas and guidance tools, offering at the same time an easier path to face the challenges and limitations that often hinder personal and professional planning, reinforcing the ability to adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of work.
The 6 grants of the 2021 edition are added to the 8 grants already supported in the previous edition of the project. The company-academy partnership continues to be concrete and focused because, involving society and the territory, it is based on two solid and shared elements: the certainty that women's intelligence and energy can be a stimulus for innovation and conviction that the project will help to bridge the gender gap and trigger the development of skills capable of bringing together talent, culture and scientific method.
We think that a cultural change of this magnitude needs the connection between different worlds which, by communicating with each other, can help girls to be entrepreneurs of their own future.
This is not just a goal, but a real responsibility in support of the community and for the growth of young people.
Last updated 20 September 2022
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