Work Methods at Aalborg University Copenhagen

Problem-Based Project Work

A trademark of Aalborg University and therefore also at our campus in Copenhagen is the unique pedagogical model: The problem-based, project organized model.

This model means that for a great part of the semester teaching and student work revolves around complex real-life problems that students attempt to find answers to scientifically while working together in groups. A recent evaluation from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has shown that this form of teaching is close to optimal for the learning process. Project work generally accounts for 50% of the study time at Aalborg University.

Through this work process and supported by courses, literature and cooperation with companies and organizations, students arrive at a deeper understanding of the subject investigated than what they normally would have learned from just reading and listening. Apart from the professional outcome of this work method, students also gain other specific and important qualifications e.g. like good cooperation skills.

Even though the problem-based project-organized model is widely used at the university, more traditional forms of teaching are of course also used, such as lectures, courses, seminars, classroom training, laboratory work and workshops. The use of the different forms of teaching varies depending on the study programme.

Research based teaching

Teaching at Aalborg University is research-based, which means that teachers’ ongoing research is included in the teaching with the purpose of providing students with the most recent scientific knowledge. Furthermore, the university emphasizes continuing development of teaching methods as well as teachers’ pedagogical qualifications, including the systematic use of information technology in the education. Read more about the work methods at Aalborg University here.