The Aalborg model for problem based learning

Since Aalborg University was first established in 1974, all university programmes have been based on problem based learning (PBL). Aalborg University students work in groups applying problem oriented methods in preparing projects of a high academic standard.

Benefits of the Aalborg PBL Model

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. AAU will continue to develop and adapt the Aalborg PBL Model to meet the societal and educational demands and changes. This learning model provides AAU students with the possibility of:

  • acquiring knowledge and skills independently and at a high academic level
  • working analytically and according to interdisciplinary and problem and result oriented methods
  • cooperating with the business community on the solution of authentic professional problems
  • developing their abilities within teamwork
  • becoming well prepared for the labour market

The PBL Academy at Aalborg University

The PBL Academy supports the continuous development of the Aalborg PBL Model across departments and faculties. The Academy organises PBL activities, supports research networks and raises issues of PBL inside and outside the University.

Learn more about problem based learning
at AAU at the PBL Academy website


Booklet about PBL at Aalborg University

The booklet “Principles of Problem and Project Based Learning - The Aalborg PBL Model” (2 MB) briefly describes the nine principles of PBL at Aalborg University.

Download the booklet about PBL at Aalborg University (PDF)

Download the Danish version of the booklet (PDF)

Contact the PBL Academy

If you have questions about Problem based Learning (PBL) at Aalborg University, you're welcome to contact:

Chairman of the PBL Academy
Jacob Davidsen