Aalborg University (AAU)AAU was inaugurated in 1974 – after a long and intensive lobbying by many stakeholders in North Denmark. As a consequence, ties between AAU and its environment have been strong right from the outset.Four main areas of focus • Faculty of Humanities • Faculty of Social Sciences • Faculty of Engineering and Science • Faculty of MedicineAAU • 21 departments • Danish Building Research Institute (merged 2007) • Main campus situated in Aalborg and departments in Copenhagen and Esbjerg • More than 14,000 students, ranging from students at preparatory courses through doctoral-level candidates, 65 different educational programsAAU Trademarks • Problem and Project Based Learning in teams– combining theory and practice • Interdisciplinary - combining different disciplinary approaches to obtain new knowledge, crossing the fields of basic and applied research • Innovation – entrepreneurship and exchange of knowledge
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Knowledge sharing activities at AAU
Open Lab• Placed at Dept. of Business & Economics• Part of the new strategy• Supplement to central initiatives• Pros and cons to centralization vs. decentralization• Will engagement raise?
Pros• Central – Strategic activities, more visible – Management Support – Top down approach – Coordination – External funding• Decentral / Departments – Closer to the reseachers and students – Buttom Up approach – More people involved / engagement – Documentation – Integration