PBL South Asia: AITM Faculties Attended One-Day Workshop in Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel

March 1, 2019

Aalto Global Impact (AGI) of Aalto University, Finland, is the lead partner of a recently launched project “Strengthening Problem Based Learning in South Asian Universities”. After the kick-off workshop of the project held from Feb. 04 to 08, 2019 in Aalto University, the next event of the project was organized in Nepal from February 18 to March 01, 2019. The event in Nepal included students’ first pilot case study at Dhungentar, Nuwakot, bilateral meetings of the partner Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Nepal with Aalto project coordination team, faculty workshop in Kathmandu University, and project dissemination event in Hotel Greenwich Village, Lalitpur.

Faculties from the partner HEIs in Nepal and Bhutan involved in implementing Problem Based Learning (PBL) participated in the one-day workshop conducted on Feb. 27, 2019 in Kathmandu University (KU), Dhulikhel. Ms. Riina Subra and Mr. Avinash Dhital from Aalto University, Finland, conducted the workshop while Ms. Shakuntala Acharya from Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Banglore, and Ms. Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania joined the workshop via video links. About thirty-five faculties from the PBL South Asia partner HEIs of Nepal and Bhutan participated in the workshop.

The program began with welcome speech and a highlight on the ongoing PBL-type courses and experiences in Kathmandu University by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa (former Dean and Registrar, KU) and Mr. Dhiraj Shrestha (Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering Dept., KU) followed by another highlight by Ms. Riina Subra (Senior Manager, Aalto Global Impact and Lead Coordinator, PBL South Asia) on the needs of PBL in Nepalese and Bhutanese HEIs, gaps and learning priorities, possible curriculum changes, hopes and risks. The second half of the workshop focused on group works on lessons learned from the recently concluded students’ first pilot case at Dhungentar, achieving the planned institutional project goals and the next students’ cases in Nepal and Bhutan in three separate sessions. Ms. Shakuntala Acharya (IISc. Banglore) commented and gave her feedbacks on the group works in the faculty workshop.

Picture 1: Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa (former Dean and Registrar, KU) addressing the participants of faculty workshop of PBL South Asia project in KU on Feb. 27, 2019.

Picture 2: Ms. Riina Subra (Senior Manager, Aalto Global Impact and Lead Coordinator, PBL South Asia project) delivering her presentation in the faculty workshop conducted in KU on Feb. 2019.

Picture 3: A glimpse of the participants attending faculty workshop conducted in KU on Feb. 27, 2019.

Picture 4: Another glimpse of the faculty workshop held in Kathmandu University on Feb. 27, 2019. Ms. Shakuntala Acharya from IISc., Banglore, India, joined the workshop via a video link.

Picture 5: Another glimpse of the faculty workshop held in Kathmandu University on Feb. 27, 2019. Ms. Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė from KTU, Lithuania also joined the workshop via a video link.

Picture 6: Another glimpse of the faculty workshop in Kathmandu University on Feb. 27, 2019 where the participants are busy in a group work.

Picture 7: The agenda of session-2 being displayed on a PowerPoint slide in the second half of the workshop conducted in Kathmandu University on Feb. 27, 2019.