Learn more about the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering and math, and the doors it can open for people who pursue STEM degrees.

What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These subjects can open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities, stimulating careers and adventures that will change you – and the world in which you live.

STEM is in demand
It’s not easy out there. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region retains the highest youth unemployment rate in the world, at 28.2 and 30.5 per cent, respectively. Yet there’s a global STEM skills shortage, and in the Middle East academic qualifications in engineering, computer science and IT are some of the most sought after by employers. They need more graduates with maths, science, research and problem-solving skills – and that means that you’ll be in the best position to pick a job, and a career, that challenges and inspires you.

Show me the money
As STEM graduates are in high demand, they can command higher salaries. Studies have shown that STEM graduates benefit from better wages and job prospects than their peers with bachelor’s degrees in anything else. In the UK, for example, STEM graduates tend to earn almost $350,000 more than non-graduates in their working lifetime, and $127,000 more than graduates in other subjects. In MENA, governments in developing nations are turning to science and technology in a bid for sustainable economic growth. Why not be at the head of the queue?

Equal opportunities
Many women are put off by the idea of studying for careers in the STEM fields, for a wide range of reasons including a perception that the industries are sexist, or that STEM careers are better suited to the opposite sex. However there are fantastic opportunities for both women and men in these sectors, and studies have shown that there is a much smaller salary gap between women and men working in the STEM fields, than in other industries.

Skills for life
The world is changing, but you won’t be left behind. STEM is about basic skills that will never grow obsolete, and will always be valuable. From numeracy to critical thinking, from analysis to application, you’ll be equipped with expertise that will help you every day. You’ll also get to use your talents in ways you would never imagine.

Welcome to the cutting edge
Have you ever thought about what it might be like to discover a new source of renewable energy? How about using a computer to perform life-saving surgery on a patient on another continent? Or piloting a drone through the aftermath of a natural disaster, in search of survivors? STEM opens up traditional fields of medicine, engineering, and computer science to new and interdisciplinary ones such as environmental technology, biomedical engineering, and robotics. What better way is there to change the world, than through innovation and exploration, pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and achievement? Love your work, and you will lead a happier and more productive life.

Following in great footsteps
You may have heard of Muhammad al-Khwarizmi and Ibn al-Nafis, renowned Arab thinkers who changed the way in which we understand the world. But have you heard of Dr Hayat Sindi, or Farouk el-Baz? Dr Sindi is a pioneer in point-of-care medical testing and biotechnology, while El Baz played a crucial role in the Apollo missions, helping man to walk on the moon. All four found their passion in STEM subjects, and translated that passion into making a better world for all. Won’t you join them?


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