Problem Based Learning (PBL) is one of the many instructional methods that have evolved in the long history of education. The approach allows learners to address real-world issues. Problem-based learning begins with real-world challenges, provided by industry partners such as companies, governments, non-governmental organization, development partners or even the academic institutions. The challenges/problems become the tools or guides to help students acquire relevant knowledge, while attempting to create appropriate solutions.
As a leading institution of learning and research, the University of Nairobi, through C4DLab (the Innovation and Incubation Hub) has been running structured PBL courses under the annual a 6 month-long prestigious Research & Innovation Fellowship, as part of the PBL East Africa Project in collaboration with Aalto University from Finland.
The competitive fellowship gives 20 select fellows an opportunity to solve real-life local problems while applying the 21st century 4Cs skills and explore human-centered design / Design thinking methodologies. The fellows – together with other curious change makers and a community of research and innovation experts – engage in rewarding research, problem solving and innovation projects in financial services.