Sustainable community reconstruction post-disaster earthquake 2015 (2018-2019)
Aalto University initiated the project entitled “Problem Based Learning (PBL) in South Asian Universities” in Nepal in 2018-2019. The project aimed to implement Problem Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy at the Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) in Nepal. The collaboration was part of a joint initiative of ten higher education institutions (HEIs) located in Finland, India, Nepal, Bhutan, the Netherlands, and Lithuania, and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The focus of the Nepali project was on the theme of reconstructing communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. The field work took place in Kathmandu and Dhungentar in 2019 and was executed in collaboration with local students from AITM, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and the Dhungentar Community.
Students from AITM and Aalto University jointly carried out the pilot case study entitled “Entrepreneurship Development and Social Cohesion in Dhungentar”. Students worked on two challenges: "building disaster resilience through communal synergies" and "entrepreneurship opportunities and challenges in a post-disaster community".