"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.

Universidad Europea de Madrid

School of Architecture, Engineering and Design (SAED)


Villaviciosa de Odón, Madrid, Spain



Paloma Velasco Quintana


How would you describe your PBL?

Project-Based, Problem-Based and Project oriented-based

What is most important to your PBL?

Product and Process

How is PBL implemented?

PBL is implemented institution wide in all programs at the SAED

How do students acquire principles of discipline?

The School of Architecture, Engineering and Design of the Universidad Europea has implemented a mixed academic model based on Project Based Learning in all its degrees. In some courses, disciplinary knowledge is mixed with a capstone project involving two or three subjects. In others, the knowledge is related to the courses which are developed in parallel with a subject called “project” where students deal, in each semester, with a PBL. The learning of disciplinary knowledge will be both in the projects (interdisciplinary, as they will relate different areas), and in the courses. There are 2- 3 courses involved in each PBL.

How is student learning facilitated within PBL?

Students are responsible for their project, even though the tutor is responsible to facilitate and guide the process during the course. The tutor defines the main tasks she or he has to carry out during the project and the project planning, in order to verify that the technical and transversal competences are developed.

Program Overview

Institution Type:


Degree Type:

ISCED 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education
ISCED 5: Short-cycle tertiary education (Associate's or equivalent)

Program Length:

Four Years

Semesters in which PBL is Used:

In every semester

Hours per week on Project:


PBL Overview

Problem structure:

Moderately structured

Formulation of problems:

UEM use problems/projects formulated from companies, faculty created or student formulated

Team composition selection:

Academic staff with student input

Projects assigned by:

Academic staff with student input

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

Developing PBL competences

Collaboration with companies in PBL

Students Clubs participation in PBL

PBL award

PBL Office for coordination

Assessment Methods

Written Exams

Oral Exams

Classroom Presentations


Performance Tasks




How assessment is implemented :

Mixture of individual assessment and team project assessment