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Ten students enrolled in various programmes from Jigme Namgyel Engineering College and students from Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) took part in a multidisciplinary ‘Student PBL case’ in Kathmandu, Nepal from 14th August till 26th August 2022. Jigme Namgyel Engineering College is one of the beneficiary partners of the joint project ‘Strengthening Problem Based Learning in South Asian Universities (PBL SA)’ co-funded by the European Union (EU) and has been actively engaged in PBL activities in its academic and research activities.

JNEC in Strengthening Problem-based Learning in South-Asian Universities

During their stay in Nepal, students were actively engaged in the PBL student case “Preserving adobe architecture of Nepal”. They were supported by mentors from partner universities, providing extensive, hybrid practical training in the application of PBL methods in preserving adobe architecture in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The two-week workshop was intensive fieldwork in Nepal conducted by the joint team together with societal partners in and around the Kathmandu area. They started their case study by defining the problem, objectives and expectations, reviewing the current scenario, and mapping the initial systemic context before embarking on joint fieldwork. During fieldwork, the teams participated in active exploration, research, validation and verification of our approaches through expert consolations, communication, dissemination activities and applied Q-methodology.

Apart from PBL methodology, participants were introduced to PBL MOOC online course platform, PBL Impact Canvas, Miro board, and KADE software. It provided them with an advanced and new digital working platform to research based on PBL methodology.