Asia Institute produces Proposal for Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology as a UNESCO Category-II Centre

November 25, 2012

Emanuel Pastreich, working together with Joa Lee and the Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET) prepared a proposal for the promotion of that centre to a UNESCO Category-II Centre. The report involved extensive research of policies for the encouragement of girls and women to pursue careers in the sciences that are being pursued around the world.

This research project grew out of Asia Institutes previous work with our partner organization the Korea Federation of Women’s Science Associations. The role of women in science and technology is absolutely critical to our future both in developing nations, where women must play an increased role at every level of policy, but also in developing nations where understanding of science and technology is essential to responding to the challenges of climate change and unprecedented technological evolution.

Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET)

Seoul, Republic of Korea

November 25, 2012

Proposal for the Establishment of

a UNESCO Category-II Centre in the Republic of Korea


The Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET), located in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, will serve as an international research and training centre to promote the education and engagement in the fields of science, engineering and technology (SET) for girls and women as well as the policies require achieving that goal. The centre will encourage close collegial ties between women professionals and women policy makers throughout Asia and the world so as to increase the representation of women in science and technology globally. The Centre will plan, implement, monitor and evaluate innovative new programs which are ready for immediate application globally, while putting a special emphasis on the needs of the least developed countries. The Centre will cooperate with partners in global and local CSOs, academic and research institutions, and the private sector. Proposed programmes include: creation of a

database of people, policies, reports, scholarly articles, institutes and programmes for women in SET worldwide; providing data analysis for government planning regarding “women in science” policies; support for science camps to promote science for girls in the developing countries; support for the training of women science teachers; online courses and career counselling for female student in higher education; research and training women in the rural areas concerning science and traditional practices for sustainable development.