Aalborg University holds responsibility for the Aalborg UNESCO Centre. The Centre is part of Department of Planning at which research within the areas Problem Based Learning, Engineering Education, Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Engineering is conducted.
According to the decision made at the General Conference of UNESCO, in November of 2013, the function of the Advisory Board will be to:
- (a) recommend the long-term and medium-term research and training programmes of the Aalborg Centre to Aalborg University as described in Article 4.2;
- (b) recommend the annual work plan of the Aalborg Centre, including the staffing table to Aalborg University as described in Article 4.2;
- (c) examine the annual reports submitted by the Director of the Aalborg Centre, including a biennial self-assessment of the Aalborg Centre’s contribution to UNESCO’s programme objectives;
- (d) adopt the rules and regulations and review the financial, administrative and personnel management procedures for the Aalborg Centre in accordance with the laws of the State of Denmark and the policies and procedures of Aalborg University;
- (e) decide on the participation of regional intergovernmental organisations and international organisations in the work of the Aalborg Centre;
- (f) meet in ordinary session at regular intervals, at least once every calendar year;
- (g) meet in extraordinary session if convened by the Chairperson of the Advisory Board, either on his or her own initiative or at the request of the Director-General of UNESCO or of five of its members;
- (h) adopt its own rules of procedure.
The Consultative Committee is created by the Aalborg Centre in order to reach out to a broader variety of regions worldwide and to all possible partners such as universities, corporates and professional organisations.
The Consultative Committee will:
- (a) provide strategic advice and policy input to the Advisory and Management Committees on matters relating to the work and activities of the Centre at regional and international level, based on the work plans and reports of the Centre;
- (b) provide ideas for new activities, partners, areas and modes of collaboration;
- (c) consist of around 40 wide-ranging specialists in PBL, sustainability, engineering and science education from academia, industry and professional organisations around the world.
The Consultative Committee will function essentially as a virtual group, through email and Skype, and will be chaired by Tony Marjoram, Guest Professor at Aalborg University, former Head of Engineering at UNESCO and editor of the UNESCO Engineering Report.
Members of the Consultative Committee will also be invited to participate in activities of the Centre, including national, regional and international information, training workshops, symposia, summer schools and project activities.
An internal Management Committee is established consisting of involved partners at Aalborg University. The Management Committee will be responsible for the daily operations and will consist of task force leaders and appointed internal academic staff.