Travel e-commerce company Booking.com has announced the launch of its Women in Technology Scholarship, a partnership with the UK’s University of Oxford and the Netherlands’ Delft University of technology (TU Delft) starting at the beginning of the 2018/2019 academic year.
Created to support women aspiring to break into the tech industry, the scholarship will see a total of €500k split between both universities to make up 15 individual bursaries – 10 will go to women doing a one-year masters degree at Oxford, and five will be offered to women doing a two-year masters at TU Delft.
Commenting on the initiative, Yvonne Agyei, chief people officer at Booking.com, said: “Across the board in the technology industry, we see the challenge of women not being represented.”
She hopes the bursary will help combat the issue of women choosing to drop tech education and quit the industry altogether, saying: “Women tend to drop out at all stages, all the way through even into the workforce. This is one area we see as critical and we want to get women into higher education.”