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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. The focus is in developing problem-based learning (PBL) methods in bioeconomy education, and utilising open distance learning (ODL) formats and open education resources (OER) in order to reach large numbers of students in partner HEIs. Students and graduates will be equipped with work-life relevant and entrepreneurial skills. Close collaboration with the industrial sector is central in order to provide students with real-life learning cases.


Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) 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.

Another objective of PBL-BioAfrica is to strengthen the networks among HEIs nationally and internationally, as well as with the industrial sector. A network-based learning ecosystem will be established for developing bio-entrepreneurship education in the long term.

PBL-BioAfrica is implemented during 2020–2023. It is funded by HEI ICI with a total budget of appr. 1,5 million euros.

The Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) supports cooperation projects between higher education institutions in Finland and the developing world. The projects support the HEIs as they develop their subject-specific, methodological, educational and administrative capacity. The programme is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and administered by the Finnish National Agency for Education.