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The Aalborg Experiment University Industry Interaction: A Means For Stimulating Engineering Excellence In Technology And Learning Systems

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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8.1098.1 - 8.1098.12



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Sven Hvid Nielsen

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Session 2003-1695

The Aalborg Experiment. University - Industry Interaction: A means for stimulating Engineering Excellence in technology and learning systems.

Sven Hvid Nielsen, associate professor Department of Production Aalborg university

Abstract: This article present what an engineering school at a university may do for stimulating the engineering excellence. Aalborg University experiment will be used as a case example with its unique use of problem-based education methods in connection with project and group-organised studies – to stimulate the professional learning process by a balancing of teaching/experience, theory/practice, disciplinarily/interdisciplinary and strengthen the link between research, education and practice. This presentation draws on the author’s experience [1] with the never ended development and implementation of the Aalborg experiment since 1974.

Introduction: The Aalborg Experiment.

The University was established in 1974 as an experiment in higher education with 900 students from four different schools, now there are more than 13,000 students. The curriculum in Engineering as well in the natural science is project-organised from the day the freshman arrives until graduation.

There were special conditions for establish of AUC. It was situated in a Region of development with few traditions of higher Education. A new thing was also that more local Institutions of Education should be closed down and the programmes integrated on a new foundation in the University.

It should also be mentioned that the battle for placing a University in Aalborg was seen as a local national movement.

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Nielsen, S. H. (2003, June), The Aalborg Experiment University Industry Interaction: A Means For Stimulating Engineering Excellence In Technology And Learning Systems Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11789

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