AgriSCALE in a nutshell
AgriSCALE is a joint initiative for reforming agri-entrepreneurship education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Graduates will have work-life relevant and entrepreneurial skills, as well as competences for tackling global climate change issues through promoting sustainable agriculture. A new network-based learning ecosystem will be created by the nine partner universities in Kenya, Uganda Zambia, Italy and Finland.
Students in the partner universities will learn through problem-based learning (PBL) methods and real-life challenges.
A network with industry and societal partners will be created for close collaboration between the academic and industrial sector.
AgriSCALE is implemented during 2020–2023. It is funded by Erasmus+ Higher Education Capacity-Building programme with the total budget of appr. 1 million euros.
In problem-based learning (PBL), students learn by solving real-life business challenges on the field. PBL is a provenly effective way for building an entrepreneurial mindset as well as team work and leadership competences, gained in working life cases.
The aim of AgriSCALE is to empower agri-business teachers to develop and adopt PBL methods in their teaching. The methods are piloted in field challenges, where students from Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Finland and Italy solve real-life cases in multicultural teams. This requires close collaboration with local companies and organisations that provide the challenges for student teams.
Scalability is a central issue in AgriSCALE. Through open distance learning (ODL), large numbers of students can be reached. Agri-entrepreneurship teachers in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia will collaboratively develop and adopt their online learning and teaching competences. This will significantly increase the educational capacity in agri-sector.
Project results and teachers' guidance will be widely spread in Sub-Saharan Africa at the end of the project period.