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Aalto students meet their East African colleagues during the next month when multidisciplinary project courses’ teams work on sustainable innovation challenges as a part of Problem Based Learning in East Africa -project.

In Kampala, Uganda, Sustainable Global Technologies Studio Course students’ and Makerere University students’ collaboration has had a great start. Upcycling plastic waste in Kampala -team writes a blog from their progress and is also active on Instagram. The team describes their first impressions of Kampala:

“The more we wandered around, the more we were able to get a feel for the atmosphere in the city and we started to observe many details and open up to life in Kampala, leaving comparisons and previous expectations behind. Exploring this new environment and being fascinated on each corner, we realized how many valuable local treasures a country like Uganda has. Although we are here to work with the Makerere team on working to improve the solid waste problem and youth unemployment, the city has so much to offer in terms of culture and resources.”

IDBM Industry Project Course students have just arrived to Nairobi, Kenya, where they work closely with University of Nairobi’s students on the topical issue of food safety. The team has done extensive background research and now looks forward to meeting all the different stakeholders and finding new questions. Find out their latest updates on Instagram.

workshopping #universityofnairobi #idbm #foodafrica #teamwork

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Also Creative Sustainability Capstone Course and Digital Services for Sustainability Course students are preparing for a take off to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in couple of weeks. The team will research together with University of Dar es Salaam’s students, how weather information could be better disseminated to smallholder farmers via SMS. This will be crucial in the future as climate change affects the usability of traditional weather forecasting methods.

PBL East Africa -project is a joint initiative of Nairobi University, Makerere University, Dar es Salaam University, and Aalto University.

Read more:
News: East Africa Day kicks off spring’s student challenges
News: Aalto Global Impact to strengthen problem-based learning in East African universities

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This post was written by Outi Puukko

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