ALIEN’s aim is to improve the quality of higher education by providing more motivating, stimulating, and effective learning contexts that prepare students for their professional life through the development of industry desired competences.

ALIEN implements an Active Learning context through Problem and Project-based Learning methodologies addressing real-life issues related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts.

The methodology will be supported by a virtual learning environment that will a set of digital tools that will allow students to experiment, collaborate, and communicate in an extended and multinational learning community that will also include other stakeholders like teachers and researchers.

ALIEN’s expected impact includes also the institutional strategical adoption of Active Learning as the primary pedagogical approach.



The ALIEN PBL intervention, which includes a PBL learning methodology supported by physical labs and a digital learning environment, aims to reach 1.000 students at 17 institutions in 10 countries, namely Malaysia, Nepal, Vietnam, Pakistan, Cambodia, Portugal, Estonia, Bulgaria, the UK, and Greece.

Physical labs are being established at 12 partner sites in Malaysia, Nepal, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Cambodia.

The proposed PBL methodology will be deployed in a number of engineering courses, demonstrating its broad applicability. Courses include:

  • Requirements engineering
  • Fundamentals of software engineering
  • Multimedia design
  • Computer networks
  • Combined engineering projects
  • System analysis and design
  • Computer-aided measuring equipment
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic drives
  • Automatic control systems
  • Sensors in mechatronics
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Parallel computing
  • Mobile computing
  • Multimedia
  • Software engineering
  • Soil mechanics
  • Technology in edcucation
  • Game design
  • And more …

These courses are part of formal engineering curricula in programs that include Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, and others.