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18 November, 2018

Student perspectives from the PBL East Africa Faculty workshop in Kampala

The third PBL East Africa faculty workshop was held in Kampala from 20th to 26th of October 2018. All four partner university members joined to discuss PBL approaches and to organize workshop sessions. I was part of the faculty workshop as an Aalto student mentor, joining the opening panel discussion and organizing peer-to peer-mentoring...
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2 October, 2018

PBL East Africa students’ solution to plastic waste recycling awarded

Aalto and Makerere University students’ collaboration project Up-Plastic turns plastic waste into building components. The solution is not only about the recycled material but also about involving people...
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17 May, 2018

Challenge-based learning on a new level

Riina Subra is thankful. She manages Aalto Global Impact’s PBL East Africa project, which has just completed its first year. During this time, a collaborative network has been established between Aalto University, University of Nairobi, University of Dar es Salaam, and Makerere University...
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24 April, 2018

The search for food safety

Students from Aalto and the University of Nairobi are examining food’s value chain from maize fields to the milk glass. “Let’s start with the cow video! How many had milk today at breakfast,” asks design student Hilda Ruijs, who is taking part in Aalto University’s IDBM (International Design Business Management) programme...
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March, 2018

Students of Problem Based Learning showcase their ideas on recycling plastic waste

Student teams from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University and Aalto University (Finland), have been working together under the umbrella of the Problem Based Learning East Africa Initiative to find ways to turn plastic waste into valuable products.
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5 March, 2018

PBL East Africa kicked off in Nairobi Innovation Week

University of Nairobi’s campus is filled with buzz this week. The fourth Nairobi Innovation Week features dozens of events and 100 pitches of start-ups, among others. The official side-events were kicked off on March 5th. Aalto University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam and University of Nairobi presented...
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19 February, 2018

Follow PBL East Africa student teams

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...
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9 January, 2018

East Africa Day kicks off spring’s student challenges

Aalto Global Impact organises the first East Africa Day event at Design Factory this week Friday, 12 January. The speakers feature experts from academia, business and civil society organisations. 'East Africa Day is for anyone with...
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12 September, 2017

New project develops problem-based learning in East African Universities

Increasing collaboration across disciplines and enhancing structured multidisciplinarity are key to advancing problem-based learning (PBL) in East African Universities, according to partners of the PBL East Africa project steered by Aalto Global Impact. The launch of the three-year PBL East Africa project brought partner universities together for...
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March, 2017

Aalto projects in Africa focusing on supporting problem-based learning and energy efficiency

Developing energy efficiency and problem-based learning are the aims of two new Aalto projects in Africa. Both projects have received funding from the competitive HEI ICI programme (Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument), an international development cooperation programme for higher education funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The three-year projects starting this year are...
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March, 2017

Aalto Global Impact to strengthen problem-based learning in East African universities

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has granted Aalto Global Impact 700,000 euros for a three-year project establishing best practices in problem-based learning in East African universities. The project entitled Strengthening Problem-Based Education in East African Universities (PBL East Africa) is one of...
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The project is funded by the HEI ICI Programme by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and facilitated by Aalto Global Impact, which promotes Aalto University’s research and educational programmes for societal impact globally.