Development of Elite Programmes at Aalborg University: -

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The Commission of European Communities concluded  in a  report  from 2005  that “knowledge,
research,  skills and education will be  the currency of success  in  the  face of globalization” and
that  there should be support for excellence  in European universities. This paper gives examples
from Europe and  the United States on higher educations  tailored  to challenge  the most  talented
and motivated students. Further details are provided on  the current situation  in Denmark, where
the government has decided  to support  the development of highly specialised elite programmes
at  the  master  level.  Aalborg  University  was  able  to  respond  to  this  challenge  as  the  first
university  in  Denmark  as  the  problem-based  learning  concept  characterizing  the  university
proved well-suited as a general framework for elite-programmes. This framework is described in
details and  results  from a survey conducted among  the elite students are  reported. Many of  the
objectives  of  the  programmes  such  as  involving  the  students  in  research  and  having  them  to
contribute  actively  are  met.  Students  have  been  able  to  submit  journal  papers  and  patent
applications.  More  importantly,  up  to  84%  of  the  elite  students  are  potentially  interested  in
pursuing a career in academia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 2008, 36th Annual Conference : -
Number of pages7
PublisherBrill | Sense
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)978-90-8790-571-2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 2 Jul 20085 Jul 2008


ConferenceEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)


  • curriculum development
  • elite students
  • honours programmes,
  • problem based learning


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