The Attract project was initiated in 2010 and has examined the recruitment strategies of students to engineering sciences and how the retention of students can be improved at an international European level. Attract brings together seven CLUSTER universities and additionally two Swedish universities which have been involved in the original national project in Sweden.
The main working groups have representatives from each university. Each group has discussed, exchange ideas and experiences, and formulates a method of “Best Practice”. These findings will contribute to policy reforms at national level in the represented countries and may also represent an important input to supranational policies and international activities. The ambition of all the project partners is that the discussions and conclusions from this project shall lead to positive development and changes throughout the European society and educational system.
Research has been conducted within four particular project groups:
• The Attractiveness of Being an Engineer (Coordinator: KTH)
• Formal Barriers (Coordinator: Trinity College Dublin)
• Attracting Students to Studies in Science and Technology/Engineering (Coordinator: IST)
• Student Retention (Coordinator: TKK)
About The Project Groups of ATTRACT
Partners of ATTRACT
ATTRACT has brought together key actors in engineering education from eight European Countries with the idea that a better understanding of why young people are becoming less attracted to engineering education would enable a range of measures to be undertaken to ultimately increase the attractiveness.
ATTRACT has aimed at investigating recruitment, admissions and retention from different points of view by involving secondary schools and employers. Participating universities supplied background data from their national database and project findings have been used as a basis for future interactions with policy makers and other authorities within these participating countries.