Snam donates six scholarships for female students of the Engineering Faculty at the “Politecnico di Bari” University

Bari, 25 February 2021 - Snam, one of the world's leading energy infrastructure companies, has donated six three-year and masters’ scholarships to the "Politecnico di Bari" University to be awarded to young female students enrolled in the Engineering Faculty during the 2020/21 academic year.

The initiative is part of Snam's commitment to gender equality and is aimed at bringing girls closer to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) studies. The courses selected by the "Politecnico di Bari" have had a female presence of less than 20% of the total enrollments over the last three academic years.

According to Save the Children, today in Italy only 16.5% of female students choose to graduate in scientific and technological disciplines, and only 5% of 15-year-olds aspire to study them. In general, only one out of 4 STEM students is a woman, a value that further decreases in the faculties more in line with the profiles required by the professional world (Deloitte Foundation Observatory's data).

Schools and universities therefore represent valuable levers for spreading a culture of equal opportunities and for combating gender gap. The collaboration with the "Politecnico di Bari" University follows in a few months the donation of other three scholarships for STEM students by Snam to the "Politecnico di Milano".

Francesco Cupertino, the Rector of the "Politecnico di Bari", said: "Gender equality is primarily a matter of culture for us. As the only Polytechnic in Southern Italy, we are very engaged in information and guidance activities on our degree courses and job prospects and we are continuously investing in new services and structures that guarantee equal access opportunities and incentivize merit. Initiatives like this one by Snam, which reward the best female students in fields of study where there is a need to increase the presence of women, are therefore welcome. Despite the numbers, still insufficient, the trend of recent years is increasing and we aim to make it grow further in the coming years, in view of the great technological challenges that await us."

Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, said: "STEM disciplines and skills will be key to most of the future professions and are strategic for accelerating crucial processes such as digitization and ecological transition. Creating synergies between the business world and that of education, university and research can significantly contribute to promoting gender balance. Initiatives such as the one launched with the 'Politecnico di Bari' are part of Snam's commitment to encourage a greater presence of women in scientific faculties."

The collaboration also follows a research and development agreement signed by Snam and the "Politecnico di Bari" in 2020 to create an innovative prototype of an autonomous green hydrogen energy network.

From today, through the University's web portal, it is possible to submit the application to participate in the call ( http://www.poliba.it/it/didattica/borse-di-studio/bando-di-concorso-studentesse-stem ) for the assignment of scholarships, which will remain open until March 31, 2021. The winners, which will be selected by merit, will be awarded during an official ceremony.

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25 February 2021 - 14:39 CET