"Profiles in PBL" is a web database where PBL engineering programs from around the world share the details of their PBL programs. Our goal is to showcase more than 100 PBL profiles. The profiles will serve as inspiration for PBL programs to learn from one another and for engineering educators world-wide who are considering PBL. This database has been developed in collaboration between The Aalborg UNESCO Centre and Iron Range Engineering, Itasca Community College.

Australian College of Kuwait

PBL across all programs





Prof. Isam Zabalawi


How would you describe your PBL?


What is most important to your PBL?

Product and Process

How is PBL implemented?

PBL is implemented within required courses. Students are prepared for the PBL approach during an introductory project course in semester 4, in addition to a PBL Student Guide.

How do students acquire principles of discipline?

Students acquire disciplinary knowledge relevant for projects in courses based on a traditional learning approach and within courses using a PBL approach based on presentations and group learning.

How is student learning facilitated within PBL?

PBL facilitators provide individual feedback and group coaching throughout the semester. The group coaching focuses on asking stimulating and guiding questions.

Program Overview

Institution Type:


Degree Type:

ISCED 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education

Program Length:

Four Years

Semesters in which PBL is Used:


Hours per week on Project:


PBL Overview

Problem structure:

Formulation of problems:

Problems are taken from professional practice, scenarios created by faculty and in more senior couses using PBL initiated by students.

Team composition selection:


Projects assigned by:

Academic staff

How is space dedicated to student teams for problem/project completion?

Space that can be reserved/shared by teams

Degree of Interdisciplinarity:


Role of instructor:


Unique Features

PBL approach focuses on developing human potential within a culture of care

Assessment Methods

Written Exams

Oral Exams

Classroom Presentations


Performance Tasks




How assessment is implemented :

Assessments are mixed individual and group assessments