Sustainable social change can only be produced through contributions from many different fields. AAU's primary strength lies in the fact that it is a fully developed university whose disciplines are organised into five cooperating faculties:
- The Faculty of Engineering and Science
- The Faculty of Humanities
- The Faculty of Medicine
- The Faculty of Social Sciences
- The Technical Faculty of IT and Design
AAU'S THREE PRIMARY VALUE STREAMS
AAU places equal emphasis on the three primary university value streams: highly qualified graduates for the labour market of the future; new cognition, knowledge, technology and innovation that address important societal problems; and effective dissemination of knowledge through cooperation with the community and wider society.
Research is the central and pervasive factor in all three value streams, partly as a solid foundation for research-based teaching and innovation and partly as the way to create exciting new knowledge that can found new directions in research and provide solutions to existing issues.
THE AALBORG PBL MODEL AS A MEDIATOR
The main teaching and study form at AAU is problem based and project organised learning. This “Aalborg PBL Model" builds bridges between the various approaches to teaching, research and innovation, and it connects students and researchers.
The tradition and practice of maintaining a large portfolio of well-established and integrated external partnerships enables the rapid and effective dissemination of knowledge. A cross-disciplinary approach to the generation of new knowledge and the development of new knowledge-based solutions are logical consequences of the Aalborg PBL Model and of AAU’s sound and well-developed practices in relation to external cooperation.
TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION ARE HIGH PRIORITIES
Cross-disciplinary talent development and technical cooperation are high priorities. The combination of cross-disciplinary cooperation, talent development and knowledge of the problems facing society inspires excellent research that not only focuses on concrete solutions but also has the potential to create completely new insights of principal significance.
All in all, a number of factors that constitute the foundations of AAU research culture have helped to build inspiring research environments at the University; they include complete methodological freedom in conducting research, the recognition of diversity as a value creator, and a focus on strengthening regional, national and international cooperation.