Founded on the initiative of Miba - more than 1.2 million euros available annually for projects:
The MINT sector (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology) offers excellent job opportunities, very good salaries and exciting career prospects. But there is still too little interest among many girls and women in technical careers. Only a quarter of all highly qualified science and technology jobs in Austria are held by women. To change this, 12 Austrian companies and interest groups have jointly established the new MINTality Foundation.
Important contribution to more equal carreer opportunities
The foundation was established on the initiative of Therese Niss. As a member of the Management Board of Mitterbauer Beteiligungs-AG, equal opportunities for women and men are not only important to her within the Miba Group: "In the MINTality Foundation, we want to work with partners from business and industry to implement concrete projects, measures and career planning for women in technical professions over the next few years. With a foundation volume of more than 1.2 million euros annually, I am convinced that we will be able to achieve a great deal. I am very pleased that we are now getting started." Miba CEO F. Peter Mitterbauer describes why the initiative is so important: "Technical professions not only offer exciting tasks in an innovative environment. They also create many career opportunities and are well paid. Getting girls and young women excited about technology is therefore an essential prerequisite for more equal opportunities. We want to make a contribution to this."
Broadly anchored in business, interest groups and educational funding
In addition to Miba, many other well-known companies are founding members of the foundation: Fronius, KNAPP AG, Magna International Europe Group, Oberbank, Greiner, TGW Logistics Group, Umdasch Group Foundation, A1 Telekom Austria AG, Federation of Austrian Industries, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Innovation Foundation for Education. They all want to bundle their activities in the future and thus achieve even more for women's careers in technology.
Fotocredits: Hermann Wakolbinger (Mitarbeiterfotos), Matthias Witzany (Foto F. Peter Mitterbauer), Martin Pabis (Foto Therese Niss)