Internal scientific evaluation of the Talentscouting Aachen

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Nationwide, 77 percent of students joining university have an academic family background, whereas only 23 percent are from non-academic families. Instead of talents and skills, the path of education seems to be predetermined by familial background.

The Talentscouting programme, developed by the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen and funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, tackles this problem. The grant programme aims at educational equality as well as equal opportunities. Currently, Talentscouting is offered at 17 universities in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Talentscouting Aachen

The two universities of Aachen also qualified for the programme. Since the beginning of 2017, they are offering Talentscouting, which is a collaborative project of the RWTH Aachen University and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences. The main objective is to encourage pupils/students from families without an academic background in the region of Aachen, Düren, Heinsberg and Euskirchen regarding their aspired educational paths. The currently five Talentscouts cooperate with business colleges, comprehensive schools and grammar schools to identify talented pupils and to support them individually during their school-to-job/school-to-university transition.

Internal scientific evaluation

The Talentscouting Aachen project is evaluated by the professorship for Gender and Diversity in engineering (GDI). In the framework of this, an analysis of the processes and impacts of the Talentscouting Aachen will be accomplished. Additionally, the results and insights from the accompanying research of the project “Guter Studienstart” will be combined and used for further development of a holistic concept and quality management.

The rector’s delegate Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten leads the associated consultative project commission of the RWTH Aachen University. The cross-project commission is conducted by Professor Dr.-Ing. Martina Klocke at the FH Aachen.


February 2017 - End of 2020


Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia