The Project Manager, Dr. Eija Laitinen, and Chair of the Project Board, Prof. Kavwanga Yambayamba, introduced PBL-BioAfrica in the Finnish Week of Business in Zambia.

21st century skills for bioeconomy graduates

PBL-BioAfrica is about reforming agri-entrepreneurship education in Kenya and Zambia. We stand for sustainability, entrepreneurship and inclusiveness.

PBL-BioAfrica in a nutshell

PBL-BioAfrica is a collaborative project for strengthening the capacity in bioeconomy HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) in Kenya and Zambia. We integrate problem-based learning (PBL) methods into bio-entrepreneurship education to equip graduates with practical and entrepreneurial skills needed in working life. We also strengthen open distance learning to reach a large number of students. Climate-smart agriculture will be introduced as the guiding principle in business development. In addition, recognising the role and potential of women in agriculture will improve both equality and economic development.

Through PBL-BioAfrica, students can participate in real-life industry projects. Teachers are also provided training courses on PBL, participatory online teaching and climate-smart agriculture.

Another objective of PBL-BioAfrica is to strengthen the networks among HEIs nationally and internationally, as well as with the industrial sector. Project results and best practices in student-centred learning are spread to wider sub-Saharan Africa through the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), to make an impact even after the project lifetime of 2020–2023.

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