Engineering Students Learning Experience through a Unique Global Project-Based Learning


  • Nurzal Effiyana Ghazali Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Khairiyah Mohd. Yusof Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Fatin Aliah Phang Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Rashidah Arsat Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Nur Azliza Ahmad MAHSA University, Malaysia
  • Hiroaki Morino Shibaura Institute of Technology



Project-Based Learning, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Cross-Cultural


Current students must prepare themselves with the necessary skills for employment in the engineering industry. In addition, students should prepare themselves to work globally. Along with the needs, Shibaura Institute of Technology introduces a program named global Project-Based Learning (gPBL). Malaysian students from different educational backgrounds joined this pro-gram to experience new skills. The program was participated by 34 students from Malaysia and Japan. Current engineering education is focusing on a course that can foster students’ creativity and critical thinking. Therefore, this study explores students’ experiences in gPBL and what student skills developed throughout the program. Students reported their experiences through the self-reflective journal. Then, thematic analysis was used to analyze the students’ self-reflective journals. The results show gPBL promotes thinking and problem-solving skills, encourages students to work with peers in other fields, and encourages students to adapt to a new culture.

Author Biographies

Nurzal Effiyana Ghazali, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Deputy Director, UTM Centre for Engineering Education

Khairiyah Mohd. Yusof, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

UTM Centre for Engineering Education

Fatin Aliah Phang, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Chair, School of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Rashidah Arsat, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering




How to Cite

Ghazali, N. E., Mohd. Yusof, K., Phang, F. A., Arsat, R., Ahmad, N. A., & Morino, H. (2021). Engineering Students Learning Experience through a Unique Global Project-Based Learning. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 16(15), pp. 236–243.



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