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Xiangyun Du, Ph.D., is a professor and Director of Aalborg UNESCO PBL Centre in Engineering Science and Sustainability,Aalborg University, Denmark. Prof. Du has been committed to research in educational transformation through pedagogical change using Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning methodology) – in diverse social, cultural, and educational contexts. Having worked in fields of development ranging from engineering, STEM, teaching preparation, language teaching, business to health (medicine, dental, and public health sciences) education, etc.), her research topics included change from an inter/cross-cultural perspective, curriculum and pedagogy development, faculty/staff/ teacher development, intercultural learning and teaching, and gender studies. Having won multiple teaching and learning prizes herself, Prof. Du has also been engaged with educational institutions in over 30 institutions cross countries doing substantial work on pedagogy development. Prof. Du has over 200 relevant international publications, including 10 monographs, over 100 journal papers (SCOPUS, Web of Science, and SSCI), 15 edited books, and over 40 book chapters as well as over 60 conference contributions. She has also been actively involved in several international academic programs, networks, and editorial works for journals.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


  • Problem Based Learning
  • Interculture learning
  • faculty development
  • student learning
  • change process
  • pedagogy
  • staff development
  • Institutional change
  • curriculum change
  • mixed-research methods
  • Q methodology
  • Education
  • international education
  • Leadership development
  • Danmark
  • China
  • Qatar
  • Middle East
  • Europe
  • K12
  • post-secondary
  • higher education
  • Pedagogics and Learning
  • pedagogical development
  • teacher development
  • higher education teaching and learning
  • institutional transformation


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