Arctic Yearbook 2014 - Page 36

36 Arctic Yearbook 2014 Self Rule calls it the ‘ARTEK model’ and recommends it to other institutions of higher education in Greenland (Naalakkersuisut Uddannelsesplan II 2014). Despite several initiatives over the last 5 years to increase retention rates (Christensen 2014), it has not been possible to achieve a high retention rate for the Greenlandic students. The rate is at the same level as that of the Greenlandic students in other long- and medium-long higher education programs in Greenland and Denmark, which according to Statistics Greenland (2014) can be estimated between 40 and 50%. That the initiatives have not led to higher retention rates may be due in part to the fact that the past five years have produced a two- or three-fold increase in the enrollment in Arctic Technology, with an increasing proportion of Danish students. It is good to have a few Danish studen