Dartmouth College and University of Prishtina Faculty of Economics pioneer Experiential Learning class in Kosovo
Last December, University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Economics students had the chance to participate in an experiential learning module, modelled after the Tuck School of Business’ First-Year-Project. Housed under one of Professor Besnik Krasniqi’s classes, the three-week-long experiential learning module had three groups of students work closely with and solve a business problem for leading Kosovo companies.
Tuck School of Business Professor Stephen Powell – alongside six other Tuck students - arrived to Kosovo to help mentor the student groups as they tackled real-life business problems. Gentrit Berisha and Lura Rexhepi, together with Professor Krasniqi, also mentored a student group each.
As the name gives away, experiential learning is about students learning through experiences, often times outside of the traditional classroom-and-textbook setting. The University of Prishtina students took charge of collecting data, researching the problem and coming up with a smart and well-presented solution. The group work allowed the students to improve their soft skills along the way as well.
At the end of the experiential learning module, the three groups presented their results in front of representatives from the respective companies, the University of Prishtina, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and USAID.
“The goal with this experiential learning module is to make it sustainable,” explained Professor Powell, hoping that more and more students from the University of Prishtina get to participate in courses like these in the future.
Through the Transformational Leadership Program – Scholarships and Partnerships, the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Economics is paired up with Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business to collaborate in improving research methodologies and curricula at Kosovo’s largest public university.
The Transformational Leadership Program - Scholarships and Partnerships (TLP-SP) is a partnership co-funded by USAID-Kosovo and the Government of Kosovo and administered by World Learning. The project, launched on February 24, 2014, will develop a cadre of leaders and equip the abilities of other Kosovars to drive change in priority economic, political, and social areas in Kosovo. Learn more at www.usaid-tlp-sp.org.
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