Finding Solutions Through Problem-Based Learning

A new chapter in the European – Caribbean collaboration
The project “CITYLAB CAR” has been selected for the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

“CITYLAB CAR – Engaging students in sustainable Caribbean Cities” has been selected for European funding under the Erasmus + Key Action 2 Programme; capacity building in higher Education. The project aims to stimulate innovation in teaching in higher education through problem-based learning in the Caribbean, to make higher education institutes and students better prepared to deal with contemporary urban problems and challenges. The eligibility period of the project will start as from the 15th of October 2017.

Problem-based learning is a proven innovative approach for introducing real-world problems in the education program with huge possibilities to transform the quality of learning and teaching. It is a kind of active, integrated and constructive learning method that works from a student centered approach and emphasizes on learning to learn and learning by doing, and breaks with traditional teaching methods, which are still the dominant educational methods used in the Caribbean higher education institutes.

Departing from existing niches of problem-based learning methods in the curricula of ten Caribbean higher education partner institutes, interdisciplinary CITYLAB modules will be developed. Teachers from different faculties will be involved and trained to implement PBL methods enabling students to develop key interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary competences and skills.

Moreover the project seeks to increase the societal relevance of Higher Education Institutions in the Caribbean region through creating a more structural link between universities and external societal actors such as Public authorities.

The project is a collaboration between fifteen European and Caribbean Higher Education Institutes: University of Antwerp (Belgium), Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), the university of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago), University of Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago), University of Guyana (Guyana), Government Technical Institute – Ministry of Education (Guyana), Institute for Graduate Studies and Research (Suriname), Polytechnic College Suriname (Suriname), Universidad Iberoamericana (Domenican Republic), Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Domenican Republic), University of Technology (Jamaica) and Caribbean Maritime Institute (Jamaica).

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