Problem-based learning (PBL) replaces subject-based instruction with group work in which students collaborate to solve real-world problems. The PBL program at Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark, founded more than 20 years ago, has become a model for universities around the world.
From their very first semester, AAU students use MathWorks tools and Model-Based Design to work on actual industry problems. “With MATLAB and Simulink, the distance between the theory and the implementation is very small,” says Professor Jakob Stoustrup, Ph.D., of the Aalborg University Department of Electronic Systems – Automation and Control. “The high-level programming interface and simulation environment enable students to complete meaningful projects and collaborate with our industry partners.”
Anette Kolmos, Chairholder for UNESCO Chair in PBL in Engineering Education at AAU, adds, “Students gain a deeper understanding of theory and concepts when they apply them to actual problems. Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink is an effective way of enabling PBL that prepares students for real, multidisciplinary engineering work in industry.”