AAU currently consolidates and further develops its profile as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards the surrounding world. Over the past three years the university has experienced a 50% increase in earnings from the university's cooperation with external partners. In 2013 Aalborg University received external funding well above 100,000,000 Euro, which was approx. 22% of the university's total income.
AAU is characterised by combining a keen engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration. With a persistent dedication to the pursuit of excellence, Aalborg University offers supreme educational experiences across a broad spectrum of academic fields.
Despite the fact that AAU is a fairly young university, it is already ranking amongst the best and most acknowledged international universities in the world. Aalborg University strives to better its position for the future by constantly raising the bar in order to maintain a strong learning curve. In recent years Aalborg University has risen up the international lists of university rankings. The great majority of ranking lists name Aalborg University, and AAU is thus in the top 2% the world's 17,000 universities.
Student facts and figures
Aalborg University awards Bachelors, Master's, Ph.D. and Doctoral degrees in various fields within the different programmes, institutes and centres. In 2013 180 students received a Ph.D. degree.
More than 19.000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, ranging from students at preparatory courses through doctoral-level candidates. Approximately 4.900 students are enrolled at the Faculty of Humanities, 5.577 students at the Faculty of Social Sciences and 8.600 at the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Medicine.
13% of the total number of enrolled students are international students. 61,1 % are from European countries, 14,7 % from the Nordic countries and 9,4 % from Asia.
Key figures 2014
|Academic staff (full-time)||2.080|
|Academic staff (part-time)||740|
|Administrative staff (full time)||1.447|
|Administrative staff (part-time)||381|
|Research publications ||5.228|
|Financing (DKK million)||2.692,9|
Researchers facts and figures
Aalborg University is an internationally oriented workplace that attracts researchers from around the world. The university has a high percentage of foreign researchers. The university has 3.362 permanent staff employed and 17 % are foreign academic staff.
Figure - Grouping of Staff
[Figure from the brochure AAU Facts 2013.]
THE PBL-BASED PEDAGOGICAL MODEL
The main teaching and study form at AAU is problem based and project organised learning (PBL). This “Aalborg PBL Model" builds bridges between the various approaches to teaching, research and innovation, and it connects students and researchers.
The study programmes at Aalborg University are characterized by problemsolving groupwork centered on authentic projects, often solved in cooperation with the business world. Besides giving the students the chance to apply theory to real-life issues, PBL provide graduates with unique competences in teamwork and in working analytically and result oriented – competences highly values by employers.
The PBL-based pedagogical model of the University has become both nationally and internationally recognised by universities, researchers and students as an advanced and efficient learning model. Thus, UNESCO has placed its only Danish Chair in PBL at Aalborg University.
Aalborg University stands out in the university sector with a low dropout- and a high completion rate. The PBL-based pedagogical model is one of the most important causes for this. At Aalborg University the students are in close contact with their teachers and supervisors throughout the semester, and the students are mutually accountable for the written project with their fellow group members, which together makes the students demonstrate a high level of self-motivation and personal responsibility for learning.