ACK has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its International Partner Aalborg University in order to further the cooperation between the two universities and grow the spirit of mutual understanding between them.
Representing ACK, the MoU was signed by Mr. Sager Al-Sharhan, Assistant to the President for Support Services, and Prof. Isam Zabalawi, President of ACK, and on Aalborg University’s behalf, Prof. Anette Kolmos and Prof. Henrik Peterson, Dean of Technical Faculty of IT and Design.
The MoU aims to achieve the further development of the PBL (Project Based Learning) center at ACK, the further development of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ACK, and for both universities to collaborate in the development of joint academic programs that are of mutual interest.
Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. It is a style of active learning and inquiry-based learning. PBL contrasts with lecture-based, rote memorization, or teacher-led instruction that simply presents established facts or portrays a smooth path to knowledge by instead posing questions, problems or scenarios as a starting point for the learning process.
About PBL being practiced at ACK:
On this occasion, Ms. Mariam Al Maraghi, ACK’s Health and Safety Manager, highlighted that educational sectors have an important role in the development of society and community involvement.
PBL approach at ACK has been continually enhanced over the years in order to accommodate local and regional needs. The accumulated expertise in PBL is based on both research related to active learning approaches, and practical experience. As a result, ACK is one of the leading institutions of higher education in the Middle East that utilizes a PBL approach. ACK’s model of learning facilitation is differentiated by its project-based approach, which enables students to look into real-life problems and to develop solutions. The main goal is to produce graduates with integrated technical and professional knowledge and competencies.
PBL at Aalborg University:
Based in Denmark, Aalborg University has been providing students with academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal development since its inception in 1974. It offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences.
Since Aalborg University was first established, all university programmes have been based on PBL. Aalborg University students work in groups applying problem oriented methods in preparing projects of a high academic standard.