Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

HEADLINES

Philippines ranks 1st worldwide for highest year-over-year increase in enrollments from women learners on Coursera

With 774% year-over-year increase in enrollments from women learners, the Philippines ranks #1 out of 190 countries for highest increase. More women are also participating in certificate training programs aimed at entry-level digital jobs.

Coursera, Inc. released a new study that examines the pandemic’s impact on skills and learning trends among women. The Women and Skills Report compares pre-pandemic enrollment and performance data with trends observed on the Coursera platform since the onset of the pandemic through June 2021.

The new study highlights an impressive increase in online learning participation among women learners globally, and in the Philippines. With 774% year-over-year increase in enrollments from women learners, the Philippines ranks #1 out of 190 countries for highest increase. More women are also participating in certificate training programs aimed at entry-level digital jobs.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021 indicates that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women in the Philippines, with the country ranking lower than in 2020. Despite the country almost bridging the education attainment gap at 99.9%, there is still a gender disparity in labor force participation, with only 49% of women in the job market today.

“We believe that the new norm of remote work and online learning is setting a solid foundation of a more inclusive recovery. While women participation in the labor force is low in the Philippines, in the long-term, we may see this rise as the access to equal job-relevant online education leads to equal employment opportunity,” said Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India and APAC, Coursera. “The encouraging trends from the report are a testament to the resilience of Philippine women learners and their determination to return to work and advance their careers.”

Philippine insights from the Women and Skills Report include:

  • The Philippines ranks #1 (774%) worldwide for the highest increase in YoY enrollments from women. The majority (56%) of new learners in the Philippines today are women, bringing the total number of registered women in the country to 650,000.
  • Top skills among the Philippines women show high investment in business skills. Top 10 skills from the past year include communication (1.2M enrollments among women in the Philippines), leadership and management (880,000), entrepreneurship (740,000), marketing (630,000) and business analysis (550,000). The majority of the most popular courses are also from the business domain including Excel Skills for Business (Macquarie University) and Write Professional Emails in English (Georgia Institute of Technology).
  • Trends among women learners in the Philippines align with global learner trends. Though business skills are the most popular, more women are enrolling in STEM courses. For STEM courses, the gender gap narrowed from 38% enrollments from women in 2019 to 43% in 2021. Filipino women are investing in critical STEM skills like probability and statistics (680,000 enrollments from women in the Philippines), data analysis (490,000), and computer programming (480,000), with Programming from Everybody from University of Michigan among the most popular courses.
  • Women in the Philippines are enrolling in more courses than pre-pandemic, particularly in certificate training programs aimed at entry-level digital jobs. Women’s enrollments in entry-level Professional Certificates increased from 33% in 2019 to 47% in 2021. These certificates, from industry leaders such as Google, IBM, and Facebook, are designed to prepare learners without a college degree or technology experience for a wide range of high-demand digital jobs.
  • Businesses, governments, and campuses will continue to play a key role in reducing gender gaps in the digital economy. In 2021, programs where Coursera is used by various businesses, governments and campuses in the Philippines, there were higher shares of registered women learners (44%, 57% and 54% respectively), as compared to global (36%, 51% and 42% respectively). Better gender share is likely to contribute to more diverse talent pipelines for employers.

“I earned my computer science degree with only a handful of women alongside me, and while a great deal has changed since then, we still have important work to do to increase women’s representation in technology and leadership,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera. “Access to flexible, job-relevant education can help women learn the new skills they need to enter high-demand roles and achieve better gender balance in the workforce.”

With over 87 million learners and 5,000 courses on the platform, Coursera has one of the largest data sets for identifying and measuring skill trends. The Women and Skills Report includes data from 40 million new learners who registered during the pandemic between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Like Us On Facebook

You May Also Like

Apple

Available in 14- and 16-inch models, MacBook Pro delivers groundbreaking processing, graphics, and machine learning (ML) performance whether running on battery or plugged in, as well...

HEADLINES

Continuous innovation allows organizations to outmanoeuvre competitors, winning over customers who have rapidly changing needs and expectations. Innovation also equips them to deal with...

HEADLINES

The server chips, named Yitian 710, are custom-built by Alibaba Group’s chip development business, T-Head.

HEADLINES

In inking the two-year supply contract, which became effective September 26, Converge is making strides on its sustainability commitment where it aims to pursue...

HEADLINES

With this latest partnership, Smart has reinforced its position as the country's premier 5G network. 

HEADLINES

While finance’s role has gradually evolved, the past year has seen a radical transformation as businesses went digital, redefined their operating models and offerings,...

APPS

Customers nationwide can now purchase Smart load hassle-free via the JoyRide Superapp.

Biz Solutions

As the Philippines cloud market is growing rapidly in a constantly developing IT landscape, it is crucial for both the government and businesses to...

Advertisement