EDITH Cowan University is offering two $10,000 scholarships to entice more women to study cyber security.
The university has established the means-tested Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre scholarship for two female recipients this year.
ECU will also offer successful applicants a 20 per cent fee reduction for the first year of study.
The Joondalup centre’s chief executive Rachael Falk said improving gender equity in the cyber security sector was crucial to its growth.
“Currently we are finding the proportion of women working and learning within cyber security in Australia is low, and this initiative is aiming to bolster those numbers to get more women involved,” she said.
“Australia’s external spending on cyber security products and services grew to $3.9 billion in 2018, and the global market is projected to be worth almost US$250 billion by 2026.
“There’s a need for more Australians to get involved in this thriving sector, particularly women.
“This partnership with ECU will help unlock more opportunities for female students who otherwise might not have been able to go to university, paving the way for greater representation of women in the sector in future.”
Vice-Chancellor and president Steve Chapman said the scholarships were a first for the university’s cyber security program.
“Core to Edith Cowan University’s values is the pursuit of redressing inequalities and improving education and opportunities for women, particularly in regard to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics),” Professor Chapman said.
Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews, a mechanical engineer, welcomed the new partnership as part of a broader push for the research sector to get more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Applications for the scholarship will open on March 1 and close April 1 – visit www.ecu.edu.au for details.