Project-based Learning

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In a world that’s constantly evolving, it’s natural for education to evolve along with it. Project-based learning (PBL) is essential to fostering more skilled, empathetic, confident, experienced students—and, in turn, members of society. And over the last 50 years, we’ve not only mastered this pedagogy rooted in hands-on learning, but set tens of thousands of students on the course for success in the process.

Learning doesn’t stop once students leave the classroom, and more than ever, students need to be prepared not only for their first job, but for their careers and lives for years to come. It’s imperative for students and educators alike that we implement project-based learning in higher education. Doing so will be crucial in elevating education, its outcomes, and impact on the ever-changing global challenges we face as a society.

Featured Student Project

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Uranium and The Navajo Nation

Kylar Foley ’24’s research highlights the dangers of uranium mines, emphasizing both the chemical and radiological effects

From the University Magazine

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Students Return to China’s Hangzhou Project Center

After three long years, Hangzhou Project Center has resumed operations allowing students to partake in collaborative projects. 

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Tackling FinTech Projects on Wall Street—and Everywhere Else

The Wall Street/FinTech Project Center uses technology that improves the delivery and use of financial services for companies, business owners, and consumers. 

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‘Ropeless’ Lobster Traps Protect Right Whales

Lobster fishing is critical to New England, but the ropes that connect traps to buoys pose a threat to the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. Learn how students developed a project to address the problem. 


Preserving the Beauty of Venice

The Venice Project Center offers students the opportunity to complete projects focusing on everything from mobility and city history and art to technology and data management, all with the common goal of improving living conditions in Venice.