The Danes impress at the AEC Global Teamwork finals!


Architect Gitte from AAU presenting her project

On Friday May 6 the grand finale of this year’s Global Teamwork Project was held at Stanford University with participation of three excellent Danish students: Gitte Sørensen from Aalborg University and Mads Rasmussen and Linette Bodilsen from the Technical University of Denmark. Over the last 5 months the three students have been working in their respective groups across countries and time zones to solve a current building project. This year’s challenge was ‘the university campus of the future’ and we were very impressed with the results! Congratulations to Linette whose team won the Integrated Project Delivery Challenge.

The Global Teamwork Project is an interdisciplinary building project between the fields of architecture, engineering and building, orchestrated by the problem-based learning lab at Stanford and adopting the newest online collaboration tools to make this possible. The project gathers students from all over the world to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and across up to 10 time zones on solving current building problems for real clients. The final presentations on Friday were the culmination of 5 months’ hard work and the 8 teams were proud and relieved to finally present their projects.

The Global Teamwork Project is one example of the great collaboration between Stanford’s Problem-Based Learning Lab and Denmark which was further consolidated when leader of PBL, Renate Fruchter, was recently appointed honorary doctor at Aalborg University.

Apply Now: Summer School on Renewable Energy in California

Summer is approaching and so is our annual summer school on renewable energy. Right now, we are looking for the next batch of energy-conscious students to spend 3 weeks in California this August.

Danish-Californian collaboration
The Denmark-California Summer Program on Renewable Energy is a unique educational initiative developed by leading universities in Denmark and California. Students and researchers from the UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Merced, Technical University of Denmark and Aalborg University will meet in California for a 3-week renewable energy summer school program. Participants learn about the economics, politics, science and technology behind RE implementation from leading experts, while exploring communities and relevant energy sites where similar technology is in place or currently being implemented.

A multi disciplinary approach
The program is intended for students of all disciplines, chosen on the basis of their academic qualifications, creativity and commitment to RE. Each year, selected students from engineering, business, environmental studies, political science, geography, economics and other fields are grouped together across disciplines and national ties to form project-based teams that throughout the program investigate the opportunities and challenges facing RE implementation

Join us this summer!
The Summer Program is 4-weeks long – including a first week of online course. The
 3-week program in California consists of classroom lectures, seminars and field trips to relevant energy sites and facilities all around Northern California. In addition to lectures and visits, participants will develop a problem-oriented research project, which represents a fundamental part of the overall learning experience. Upon conclusion of the program, a final written report and a presentation are completed by student teams, including analyses of the identified problem, possible solutions and suggested recommendations.

Read more about the summer school and apply here. The application deadline is May 16th, 2011.

For further information please contact Lars Beer Nielsen, Research and Development Attaché at Innovation Center Denmark.

Stanford Researcher Appointed Honorary Doctor at Aalborg University

We are happy to announce that our good friend Renate Fruchter, Director of the Problem Based Learning Lab at Stanford University has been appointed Honorary Doctor at Aalborg University. This nomination is a consolidation of a long and successful collaboration between Renate’s Center and Danish universities.

Danish Participation in Global Teamwork Project
Right now three Danish students from Aalborg University and The Technical University of Denmark are participating in this year’s Global Teamwork Project, an interdisciplinary building project between the fields of architecture, engineering and building, orchestrated by Renate’s lab at Stanford. The project gathers students from all over the world to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and across up to 10 timezones on solving current building problems for real clients. So far the reactions from the Danish students have been very positive; in particular they highlighted the value of using new web-based technologies in the teamwork and the smooth integration of business aspects in the process.

Close Collaboration
The Stanford Problem Based Learning Lab was founded by Renate Fruchter in 1993 and supports collaborative, cross-disciplinary, geographically distributed teamwork and learning.

Within the field of problem based learning Denmark plays an important role as well. Aalborg University has 35 years’ experiences in educating students through the use of problem based learning strategies and the collaboration between the two centers goes way back; a funny fact is that the first study trip of  the PBL lab at Stanford University was an inspirational visit to Aalborg University.

Almost 20 years have passed but once again Renate Fruchter will visit Aalborg University. This time is for the official appointment of her honorary professorate on April 7th. The goal is that this nomination will lead to even more exciting research projects between Denmark and California. The new partners have ambitious goals and they already managed to secure funding from our home institution DASTI to collaborate on a project on teaching problem based learning to a social media generation. This project is kicked off in May at Stanford.

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