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 2019

6th grade pupils’ experiences as science entrepreneurs in green conversion – a Danish perspective

Dahl, B. & Grunwald, A., 2019, (Submitted) In : International Journal of Science Education. 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Arts-based Education: China and its interaction with the world

Chemi, T. (ed.), Wang, L. (ed.) & Du, X. (ed.), 7 May 2019, Leiden, Holland: Brill. 228 p. (The Arts, Creativities and Learning Environments in Global Perspectives, Vol. 2).

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review


A Short Intellectual History of Problem-Based Learning

Servant, V. F. C., Norman, G. R. & Schmidt, H. G., 2019, The Wiley Handbook of Problem-Based Learning. Wiley-Blackwell, p. 3-24 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2003 2019

SEFI annual conference 2019 (Event)

Lykke Brogaard Bertel (Peer reviewer)
16 Sep 201919 Sep 2019

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Bildung

Annette Grunwald (Participant)
Sep 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

NOFA7​, Nordic Conference on​ Teaching and Learning in Curriculum Subjects

Annette Grunwald (Participant)
13 May 201915 May 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation