"Strengthening problem-based learning in South Asian Universities"

(PBL South Asia)

Project Partner

  • Aalto University, Finland
  • Jigme Namgyel Engineering College, Royal University of Bhutan, Bhutan
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Sagarmatha Engineering College, Nepal
  • Kathmandu University, Nepal
  • Asian Institute of Technology and Management, Nepal
  • Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Nepal Engineering College, Nepal
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India


  • To implement PBL methodologies in major project for final year students
  • To strengthen problem solving capacity of students
  • To design and develop a functional project integrating various course concepts
  • To improve technical and soft skills of the college graduates
  • To build relationship among community, society, industry and the college
  • To analyse and incorporate relevant sustainability aspects in the local context


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Identify and solve problem through PBL approach
  • Relate the technical skills with the problem and identify the requirements
  • Increase capacity in presentation, communication, leadership and project planning
  • Work in a team coordinating with community, society and industry
  • Analyse a problem/case critically and effectively as well as from sustainability perspective
  • Improve technical skills by designing and developing a prototype
  • Prepare project report and disseminate the outcomes to the concerned stakeholders

Project Work Packages, Tasks and Expected Results

[WP - Work Package, M - Month, T - Task, R - Result, (T1.1 represents first task of WP1, R2.3.1 represents result corresponding to third task T2.3 of WP2), HEI - Higher Education Institute, PBL - Problem Based Learning]

Work Package

Tasks Descriptions

Expected Results



Role of SEC in work package

WP1: Preparation


Identification of locally appropriate PBL practices in South Asia

T1.1 PBL best practices review

R1.1.1 Produce a review report on the state of PBL education in South Asia 

Year 1

M6 - M12

Preparation and adaptation of PBL curriculum, preparation of student challenges

T1.2 Teacher training Workshop

R1.2.1 Prepare Nepalese and Bhutanese HEIs for pilot student cases


R1.2.2 Curriculum design by HEIs (After participation in curriculum design workshop)


R1.2.3 Continuation of training of teachers activities

T1.3 South Asian HEIs’ Curriculum adaptation

R1.3.1 Implementation of PBL student cases in at least on senior students’ course based on a concrete local challenge

WP2: Development


Capacity Development by piloting student courses in practice

T2.1 Student challenge pilots

R2.1.1 Partner universities will be able to experiment collaborative field work, share ideas and case related materials

Year 1

M8 - M12


Year 2

M1 - M5

M8 - M12


Year 3

M1 - M5

Shared work package leadership, student challenge pilot preparation and implementation in Nepal, contribution to PBL methodologies workshops

T2.2 Student challenges in Bhutan, Nepal and India

R2.2.1 Implementation of designed curricula in the PBL cases in collaboration with students of European HEIs

T2.3 Two PBL methodologies training workshops

R2.3.1 Training on entrepreneurship activities and academic aspects of PBL courses


R2.3.2 Workshop on results of the preceding workshops and focus on the themes raised by the South Asian Partners

WP3: Quality Plan


Project monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance

T3.1 Assessment of students’ and partners’ learning outcomes

R3.1.1 Feedback from participating students and external stakeholders of PBL cases

Year 1



Year 2

M6, M12


Year 3

M6 - M9

Contribution to assessment of students’ learning outcomes and PBL courses’ relevance to external partners in Nepal

T3.2 Analytical report on lessons learnt from the project

R3.2.1 Reflection on the various impacts and challenges related to the PBL courses in HEIs.


R3.2.2 Recommendations for the management of similar but new projects.

WP4: Dissemination & Exploitation


Dissemination and exploitation of project results

T4.1 Online PBL global challenges course and PBL manual

R4.1.1 Provide accessible tools and contents for PBL practitioners

Year 2

M1 - M5

M8 - M12


Year 3

M1 - M5

M7 - M10

Co-organizer of project final event in Nepal. Contribution to PBL best practices manual.

T4.2 Final project dissemination event and launch of regional network

R4.2.1 Dissemination of project results and materials


R4.2.2 Connect like-minded organizations working on sustainability challenges

T4.3 Co-authoring publications on the empirical findings from the projects

R4.3.1 Link the education activities to research

WP5: Management


Project management

T5.1 Kick-off workshop

R5.1.1 Engage all stakeholders to get to know each other and get informed about management processes, expectations and tools.

Year 1

M1 - M12


Year 2

M1 - M12


Year 3

M1 - M11

Project Management from SEC side.

T5.2 Overall project coordination

R5.2.1 Communication plan, preparation of annual work plans for the project, budgets, project reports and liaising with Project Advisory Committee and with Erasmus+.

T5.3 Project reports

R5.3.1 Reflection of the results of project activities and challenges faced in implementation


R5.3.2 Details on overall project expenditure and recommendations for the upcoming phases of the project.