Global, International and Cultural Issues in IS


In contrast to western countries which are experiencing declines in female enrollment in high tech engineering (HTE),Bangladesh has experienced a continuous increase in female enrollment in engineering. In order to better understand thefactors driving the choice of HTE as a major, survey data was collected from 590 male and female students in HTE majors inBangladesh. Hypotheses related to gender differences in the influence of various factors on major choice were examinedusing t-tests. Results revealed that, while several factors had a similar impact for women and men, gender differences in selfefficacyand socio-economic status persist and may represent barriers to women’s participation.