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Introducing Problem Based Learning in Moldova: Toward Enhancing Students' Competitiveness and Employability
Start date: Oct 15, 2015, End date: Oct 14, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project addresses the extant problem of student’s diminishing competiveness and diminishing employability rate as reflected in priorities of the Moldovan Government. This project responds to these needs by introducing innovative teaching methods: Problem Based Learning (PBL), Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) and Simulations (S). These innovative teaching methods contribute substantially to enhancement of students’ competitiveness and employability as witnessed in various universities across Europe. Each partner country university chose a study program to be re-designed based on these innovative teaching methods: MSc in Business Administration (AESM); MSs in Information Technology (TUM); MSc in Human Rights (MSU); MSc in European Policy and Public Administration (USARB); MSc in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration (USC); BA in Medicine (SUMPh). The following key outputs are envisaged: work plan; consortium agreement; training materials; roadmaps for change; training of trainers; roadmaps for content change; PBL/EBL/S based study programs/curricula; semester 1 and 2 learning outcomes; evaluation reports; project website; progress and final reports. The following impacts are expected: (1) short term - improved ability for academic staff to draw roadmaps for program and curricula modernization; improved skills of staff working with PBL/EBL/S teaching methods; improved support and access for disadvantaged students; improved participation of business communities; improved knowledge and competences expressed as learning outcomes; (2) long term – at involved Moldovan universities: improved available teaching methodologies that can be applied in other study programs; improved quality of education; improved participation and performance by disadvantaged students; improved cooperation with business communities; improved integration into the EU based excellence networks; at system level - improved quality of educational policy and modernized HE system in Moldova.

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