Aalborg UNESCO Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability

  • Rendsburggade 14

    9000 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability is a category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO, approved by the General Conference of UNESCO in November, 2013. The Aalborg Centre was formally launched on May 26, 2014.

Globally, there is a need for educating engineers and scientist who can participate in development of sustainable innovations. This will imply a reform of engineering and science education to educate engineers with employable knowledge and skills.

The Aalborg Centre contributes to a reform strategy to higher education by combining Problem and Project Based Learning (PBL), Engineering Education Research (EER) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This is a unique combination of Research & Development areas that are mutual dependent and complementary.

A driving force for the Aalborg Centre is the exemplary practice Aalborg University has for both PBL and integration of sustainability in engineering and science education. Since 1974, Aalborg University has practised PBL as the pedagogical learning methodology during the entire study period. Aalborg University has also the objective for all students to gain sustainability knowledge, skills and competences as a result of a series of sub-learning outcomes throughout the education.

The Aalborg Centre encompass the UNESCO Chair in Problem Based Learning (UCPBL) which was established in 2007 and is renown for its accomplishments in supporting the development of Problem Based and Project Based Learning in Engineering Education. The Obel Family Foundation has kindly offered to sponsor the UNESCO Centre in PBL for a period of five years with the main task to lead the Aalborg Centre.

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Projects 2004 2023

Research Output 1991 2020

Becoming a High-Performance Study Team: Required Group Dynamics and Motivational Strategies

Bøgelund, P. & Nørgaard, B., 15 Jan 2020, (Submitted) In : International Journal of Engineering Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Emerging learning environments in engineering education

Hadgraft, R. G. & Kolmos, A., 2020, In : Australasian Journal of Engineering Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Evaluering og feedback i matematik

Søndergaard, B. D., 2020, In : EMU Danmarks undervisningsportal.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Open Access

Activities 2003 2022

Den 4. fagdidaktiske dag - Teoretisk pædagogikum

Mette Møller Jeppesen (Participant), Pernille Kaltoft (Participant), Lars Bo Henriksen (Participant)
27 Jan 2022

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Innovating AAU PBL Model

Romeo Turcan (Lecturer)
27 Mar 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers

IRSPBL 2020: Educate for the Future: PBL, Sustainability and Digitalisation (Event)

Annette Grunwald (Peer reviewer)
Jan 2020Apr 2020

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Press / Media

AAU-forskere bidrager til bedre ingeniøruddannelser i Indien

Anette Kolmos


4 items of Media coverage

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Mi chiamo Nao. E in classe sono il tuo robot

Lykke Brogaard Bertel


1 Media contribution

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