Mechatronics engineering is an emerging technology. New applications where a mechatronic approach is needed are added continuously. The demands to the education of engineers in this field are also increasing. Basically the challenge is to increase the content of the curriculum within usual study time. This paper presents a complete curriculum at Aalborg University based on problem-oriented and project-based learning from day one. This teaching approach has proven to be very well suited for mechatronics engineering as it provides the required holistic view of the multidisciplinary design process in a natural way. The trend and application of mechatronics engineering and research are illustrated followed up by a discussion on how problem-oriented and project-based learning are implemented in Aalborg with a number of project examples.

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