PBL South Asia student cases bring together multidisciplinary student teams from the local and international partner universities to co-create proposals focusing on sustainability, innovation and technology for case beneficiaries. The first student cases are exploratory to familiarize the Nepalese and Bhutanese partners with the facilitation of student cases involving external partners and societal challenges, and to exchange information on the methods used by other partner universities.

PBL South Asia student cases are offered 1-2 times annually. To get involved as a student, faculty member or a potential client, contact our team – we look forward to hearing from you.


Sustainable community reconstruction after disaster (post 2015 earthquake) 2018-2019

Client: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Dhungentar Community
Challenge: Students worked on two challenges; ‘building disaster resilience through communal synergies’ and ‘entrepreneurship opportunities and challenges in post disaster community’
Team: Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) and Aalto Sustainable Global Technology (SGT) team.
Proposal(s): Nepali project. Read more from the students’ full reports (AITM and Aalto) as well as the Aalto team’s website, Instagram and Media Release.

In Nepal, the PBL student case 2018 was organized by Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) and Aalto University’s Sustainable Global Technologies studio course.

The Asian Institute of Technology & Management (AITM)

The Asian Institute of Technology & Management (AITM) is a private academic institution, which offers high-quality national and international undergraduate engineering, technology and management programs in Nepal. AITM’s main objective is to produce skilled and qualified graduates, with analytical skills, creative and innovative thinking, who are morally upright and socially responsible persons.

However, the current education system in Nepal is highly theoretical and classroom based (more like “Chalk and Talk”), rather than providing practical knowledge and opportunities to the students. To fulfill the institute’s objective, it is trying to introduce and integrate PBL into the curricula. The institute hopes that this PBL methods will motivate the new generation of students in creative learning. Besides, the institute also believes that this new method will also help to bridge the gap between university education and the needs of the society/industry.

Sustainable Global Technologies Studio Course

SGT is a co-learning studio course for Master’s and PhD students at Aalto University. During the course students form multidisciplinary teams to carry out projects linked to global development challenges. Assignments are implemented with partners from academia, industries, governmental and civil society organisations and communities in developing countries.


Programme Manager
M.Sc. Matleena Muhonen

Aalto University
Riina Subra
Avinash Dhital

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Venkata Santosh Kumar Delhi
Nepal Engineering College
Durgaprasad Bhandari
Asian Institute of Technology & Management
Lena Sthapit
Kathmandu University
Diwakar Bista
Royal University of Bhutan
Andu Dukpa

Delft University of Technology
Jan-Carel Diehl
Kaunas University of Technology
Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė
Sagarmatha Engineering College
Ramesh Kumar Shrestha

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Shakuntala Acharya