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Share of female professors, in the Netherlands and EU countries

data publication
28 October 2021
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What percentage of Dutch professors is female? And how do the Dutch figures compare to other countries in the European Union? In this data publication we share the figures of various Dutch universities, university medical centers (umcs) and scientific areas. We show that the percentage of female professors in the Netherlands is lower than in most European countries.

In short

  • The proportion of female professors in the Netherlands has increased over the years.
  • The technical universities in the Netherlands have the smallest share of female professors.
  • Compared to other EU countries, a relatively low proportion of Dutch professors are women.

What is the proportion of female professors within Dutch universities?

Analysis
The general broad universities have a higher share of female professors than average. The technical universities have a relatively small proportion of female professors.
 

In which scientific areas do most female professors work?

Analysis
Over the past ten years, the share of female professors in the Netherlands shows a steady increase among all scientific areas. Since 2016, the Humanities and Behavioral sciences, as well as Law are the only scientific areas in which over a quarter of the professors (in fte) is female. The lowest share of female professors can be found in the scientific fields Economics and Engineering sciences with percentages of 15.4% and 17.6%, respectively. 
 

What is the proportion of female professors within university medical centers?

Analysis
The monitor on female professors, published by the Dutch network of female professors, presents data on female professors at the university medical centers. The average share of female professors at these centers was 26.2% (24.9% in 2019), which is a bit higher than the average of female professors at the universities. The share varies between 22.2% and 30.5%. Compared to 2019, the share of female professors increased the most at Erasmus MC by 3.7 percentpoints. 
 

How do these figures compare to other European countries?

Analysis
Compared to the EU countries, the Netherlands has a relatively low share of female professors (based on 2016 data). Of the countries in the figure only Belgium has a lower share of female professors. But the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, and Cyprus (countries not presented in the figure) also have a lower share of female professors than the Netherlands.