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A new way of studying through problem based learning (PBL)

A new way of studying through problem based learning (PBL)

Stefan Kop from the Netherlands is studying Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University. Stefan chose AAU because learning is based on problem based learning (PBL). Aalborg University students work in groups applying problem oriented methods in preparing projects, which is widely recognized as an advanced and efficient learning model.

I decided long ago that I would study for my Master’s degree in Scandinavia, because there is no tuition fee; and then I discovered Aalborg University. Problem-based learning, in particular, was a major pull factor for me, and one year later I started my Master’s studies here.

"it is amazing how much expert knowledge you can acquire over just a few years, when you focus on specific areas of study"

Specialising through Project work

Project work takes up most of the course work. The basics are taught during our teaching sessions, and then we specialise through project work; I think this is a major advantage. This way, I have learned so much about the issues that I find interesting. In the Netherlands, we read the textbook and recite it at the exam.

Who: Stefan Kop
Age: 28 years old
From: The Netherlands
Studying: 2nd semester on Sustainable Energy Planning and Management 

In just a short period of time, I've learned quite a lot about energy systems, and it is amazing how much expert knowledge you can acquire over just a few years, when you focus on specific areas of study. In seminars, I’ve often experienced that I can communicate with experts within my field and keep pace with their ideas.

Denmark and The Netherlands - not so different

I like living in Denmark. Coming from The Netherlands, I haven’t experienced many cultural differences; even though Aalborg is a big city as cities go in Denmark and has many cultural events, it also has a small town mentality. People are down to earth, informal and approachable. You are on first-name terms with everyone here, even professors.

Great student life in Aalborg

Making new friends has been easy. My study programme, Sustainable Energy Planning and Management, organises many different social events such as game nights, international food nights and Friday bars. At these events, students from all over the world meet, and many of them have come to Aalborg on their own and are interested in making new friends.

I've already had some job offers, and my girlfriend and I are certainly considering staying in Denmark after graduation. Or maybe returning to Denmark at a later stage.