University of Aalborg
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Aalborg University is located in Aalborg
Aalborg
-Transport:On the north side of the Limfjord is Nørresundby, which is connected to Aalborg by a road bridge Limfjordsbroen, an iron railway bridge Jernbanebroen over Limfjorden, as well as a motorway tunnel running under the Limfjord Limfjordstunnelen....

, Denmark
Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

. With its opening in 1974 it became the fifth university in Denmark. In 1995 Esbjerg Engineering College was integrated in the university followed by the creation of the School of Architecture & Design in 1996, the inauguration of the Copenhagen Campus in 2003 (Copenhagen Institute of Technology), the founding of the School of Medicine in 2006, and the integration of the National Building Research Institute in 2007.
Aalborg University differentiates itself from the older and more traditional Danish universities with its focus on interdisciplinary, inter-faculty studies; an experimental curriculum based on an interdisciplinary basic course with subsequent specialization; a pedagogical structure based on problem-centred, real-life projects of educational and research relevance - which internationally has become known and recognized as The Aalborg Experiment or The Aalborg Model.
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Aalborg University is located in Aalborg
Aalborg
-Transport:On the north side of the Limfjord is Nørresundby, which is connected to Aalborg by a road bridge Limfjordsbroen, an iron railway bridge Jernbanebroen over Limfjorden, as well as a motorway tunnel running under the Limfjord Limfjordstunnelen....

, Denmark
Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

. With its opening in 1974 it became the fifth university in Denmark. In 1995 Esbjerg Engineering College was integrated in the university followed by the creation of the School of Architecture & Design in 1996, the inauguration of the Copenhagen Campus in 2003 (Copenhagen Institute of Technology), the founding of the School of Medicine in 2006, and the integration of the National Building Research Institute in 2007.

Profile

Aalborg University differentiates itself from the older and more traditional Danish universities with its focus on interdisciplinary, inter-faculty studies; an experimental curriculum based on an interdisciplinary basic course with subsequent specialization; a pedagogical structure based on problem-centred, real-life projects of educational and research relevance - which internationally has become known and recognized as The Aalborg Experiment or The Aalborg Model. With the problem-based, project-organized model, a great part of a semesters teaching and student work revolves around complex real-life problems which the students wonder about and try to find answers to in scientific manners while working together in groups.

Administration and organization

The university is governed by a board consisting of 11 members: 6 members recruited outside the university form the majority of the board, 2 members are appointed by the scientific staff, 1 member is appointed by the administrative staff, and 2 members are appointed by the university students. The Rector is appointed by the university board. The rector in turn appoints deans and deans appoint heads of departments. There is no faculty senate and faculty is not involved in the appointment of rector, deans, or department heads. Hence the university has no faculty governance.

Faculties

Aalborg University has five faculties with a number of institutes, centers and study boards in these faculties. Since 1 January 2007, Aalborg University has been divided into the following faculties;
  • Faculty of Humanities
    Faculty of Humanities(AAU)
    The Faculty of Humanities at Aalborg University is one of four faculties at AAU. The Faculty of Humanities consists of three departments and has approximately 3000 studernede and approximately 250 employees...

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
    Faculty of Social Sciences(AAU)
    The Faculty of Social Sciences at Aalborg University is one of four faculties at AAU. Faculty of Social Sciences consists of six departments. The Faculty is headed by Dean Hanne Kathrine Krogstrup in collaboration with Associate Dean Søren Kristiansen....

  • Faculty of Engineering and Science
    Faculty of Engineering and Science(AAU)
    The Faculty of Engineering and Science at Aalborg University is one of four faculties at AAU. The Faculty of Engineering and Science consists of thirteen departments...

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
    Faculty of Health Sciences (AAU)
    The Faculty of Health Sciences at Aalborg University is one of four faculties at AAU. Faculty of Health Sciences consists of a single department: The department of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering and have at the end of 2010 approximately 750 students about 150 employees...


Special action areas and cross-disciplinary research

AAU conducts research within all faculties. The strongest area of research is in the field of engineering, and the University has selected health science technology and wireless communication as special action areas.

AAU has always adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to research, as this, just like the tuition, is problem-based. This often requires contributions from a number of scientific disciplines, when a current problem is to be solved. Aalborg University has five cross-disciplinary action areas:
  • Sustainable energy, the environment and construction.
  • Global production, innovation, knowledge development and coherence.
  • Information technology.
  • Nanotechnology and nanoproduction.
  • Experience technology and design.

International relations

Since its regional start in 1974, AAU has turned its focus towards an international orientation, making it a local university with an international outlook. AAU focuses on international collaboration in research and has, among other things, established a department for wireless communication and satellite navigation at University of Rome Tor Vergata, and Kolkata University in India and two centres for telecommunications, one at Birla Institute of Technology
Birla Institute of Technology
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra , is an autonomous engineering and technology oriented institute of higher education located in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India...

 in India and one at Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia.

25% of University's researchers come from abroad, and over the years the number of international students has steadily increased, making up today 10% of the total student population.

A recognition paid to the Aalborg University was the foundation of the UICEE Centre for Problem Based Learning (UCPBL) in 2001, which has subsequently led to the appointment of AAU as Unesco Chair in the problem-based learning
Problem-based learning
Problem-based learning is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject in the context of complex, multifaceted, and realistic problems...

.

University particularity

Aalborg University is known for its project-oriented education system. A large part of education in Aalborg University is based on teaching students to learn on their own and in group projects. This approach has yielded results similar to those of other Danish universities with less hours of theoretical teaching. This method of group-based, project-oriented learning is applied across all subject areas (from computer science to sociology) and begins at the first year of university. Local high schools in Aalborg also prepare their students for this way of learning.

Cooperative agreements with other universities and colleges

  • Department of Communication at Aalborg University signed a cooperation agreement with Royal School of Library and Information Science
    Royal School of Library and Information Science
    The Royal School of Library and Information Science is an institution that provides higher education in the field of Library and information science. It is based in Copenhagen and Aalborg, Denmark...

     in 2008.

  • Faculty of Social Sciences at Aalborg University signed a cooperation agreement with Royal School of Library and Information Science
    Royal School of Library and Information Science
    The Royal School of Library and Information Science is an institution that provides higher education in the field of Library and information science. It is based in Copenhagen and Aalborg, Denmark...

    .

  • Aalborg University is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (European Consortium of Innovative Universities - ECIU), which was founded in 1997 by 10 European universities. The goal was to create a European network, where the participating universities could exchange experiences and practices in projects in education, research and regional development. In 2010 ECIU consisted of eleven members and three foreign affiliates.

  • Aalborg University is a member of European Network for Training and Research in Electrical Engineering
    European Network for Training and Research in Electrical Engineering
    Exchange programs for Electrical Engineering students between 18 universities in Europe. It is also known as Entree. Their members are:* Chalmers Lindholmen University College * University of Aalborg * Heriot-Watt University...

    , an exchange program for electrical engineering
    Electrical engineering
    Electrical engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. The field first became an identifiable occupation in the late nineteenth century after commercialization of the electric telegraph and electrical...

     students from 18 universities in Europe. It is also known as Entree. Exchange program members is beyond Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology
    Chalmers University of Technology
    Chalmers University of Technology , is a Swedish university located in Gothenburg that focuses on research and education in technology, natural science and architecture.-History:...

     (Sweden
    Sweden
    Sweden , officially the Kingdom of Sweden , is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders with Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund....

    ), Heriot-Watt University
    Heriot-Watt University
    Heriot-Watt University is a university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The name commemorates George Heriot, the 16th century financier to King James, and James Watt, the great 18th century inventor and engineer....

     (United Kingdom
    United Kingdom
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    ) Brunel University
    Brunel University
    Brunel University is a public research university located in Uxbridge, London, United Kingdom. The university is named after the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel....

     (United Kingdom), Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands
    Netherlands
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    ), Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Université Libre de Bruxelles
    The Université libre de Bruxelles is a French-speaking university in Brussels, Belgium. It has 21,000 students, 29% of whom come from abroad, and an equally cosmopolitan staff.-Name:...

     (Belgium
    Belgium
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    ), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany
    Germany
    Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

    ) Universität Karlsruhe (TH) (Germany), Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieur a électronique a Électrotechnique Paris (France
    France
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    ), Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieur a électronique a Électrotechnique Amiens (France), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
    The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and is located in Lausanne, Switzerland.The school was founded by the Swiss Federal Government with the stated mission to:...

     (Switzerland
    Switzerland
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    ), Brno University of Technology
    Brno University of Technology
    Brno University of Technology is a university located in Brno, Czech Republic...

     (Czech Republic
    Czech Republic
    The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Poland to the northeast, Slovakia to the east, Austria to the south, and Germany to the west and northwest....

    ), National Technical University of Athens
    National Technical University of Athens
    The National Technical University of Athens , sometimes simply known as Athens Polytechnic, is among the oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions of Greece....

     (Greece
    Greece
    Greece , officially the Hellenic Republic , and historically Hellas or the Republic of Greece in English, is a country in southeastern Europe....

    ), Politecnico di Milano (Italy
    Italy
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    ), Comillas Pontifical University (Spain
    Spain
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    ), University of Valladolid
    University of Valladolid
    The University of Valladolid is a public university in the city of Valladolid, province of Valladolid, in the autonomous region of Castile-Leon, Spain...

     (Spain), Institut Méditerranéen they Technologie (France), Politecnico di Torino (Italy) .

Student organizations at Aalborg University

The following student organizations have been directly associated with Aalborg University and its students:
  • The Student Society
  • Free Forum
  • Liberal Youth
  • Denmark's Conservative Students

Notable alumni and staff

  • Bent Flyvbjerg
    Bent Flyvbjerg
    Bent Flyvbjerg is the first Chair and BT Professor of Major Programme Management at Oxford University's Saïd Business School and is Founding Director of the University's BT Centre for Major Programme Management. He was previously Professor of Planning at Aalborg University, Denmark and Chair of...

    , Danish social scientist
  • Frank Jensen
    Frank Jensen
    Frank Jensen is a Danish politician, member of the Danish Social Democrats, and has been Lord Mayor of Copenhagen since 1 January 2010...

    , Danish politician
    Politician
    A politician, political leader, or political figure is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making...

     and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen
  • Frank Aaen
    Frank Aaen
    Frank Aaen is a Danish economist and Member of Parliament for Enhedslisten. On 15 March 2006, he suffered a thrombosis, but was back in the Folketing by April. He has been a member of parliament from 1994 to 2001 and 2005 to the present.- References :*. Folketinget....

     Danish politician
  • Lars Graugaard
    Lars Graugaard
    Lars Graugaard is a Danish composer, performer, media artist and sonologist. He is a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he studied flute and Oxford Brookes University where he defended a PhD in gesture and emotion in interactive music.-References:***** at DVM* at DVM...

    , Danish flutist composer
    Composer
    A composer is a person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition, for interpretation and performance, or through direct manipulation of sonic material through electronic media...

     and a music teacher / researcher
  • Mette Frederiksen
    Mette Frederiksen
    Mette Frederiksen , is a Danish Social Democrat politician. She has been a member of the Folketing—the parliament of Denmark—since 2001. She became current Minister of Employment of Denmark on October 3, 2011....

    , Danish politician and Minister of Employment of Denmark

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