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IIE, Qualcomm Celebrate Global Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship and Mentorship Program for Women in STEM

NEW YORK, September 19, 2016 — A group of outstanding university women studying technology fields at top universities in China will come together to celebrate their accomplishments on September 22 at the Qualcomm office in Beijing in a celebratory event designed to acknowledge the achievements of the scholars and solidify and strengthen their interest in technology careers. Students will tour the Qualcomm research and development lab in Beijing, learn about Qualcomm’s STEM initiatives, and participate in a workshop where the students will assess their strengths and explore their professional and personal goals beyond the program mentorship period.

The women were selected in early 2016 to receive a competitive scholarship through the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) Qualcomm Global Scholars Program. Offered by the not-for-profit Institute of International Education and wireless technology company Qualcomm, Incorporated as part of the WeTech initiative, the Global Scholars Program is designed to close the global gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) industries.

In the first year of the program, 36 Chinese and Indian university women in STEM each received financial scholarships, professional development and leadership training, and access to a network of industry mentors and peers through an intensive virtual mentorship. Each Global Scholar was matched with an individual Qualcomm mentor over a six-month period, giving the students an important opportunity to gain academic experience, access to role models, and build professional skills preparing them for a globally competitive world. This holistic package of support further enhances the ability of women to elect a technical career after graduation and be poised to succeed in their field.

Compliments of International Institute of Education – a member of the EACCNY