Higher education in circular economy

Education plays a pivotal role in developing awareness, knowledge and skills required in the transition to the circular economy. Finland has been recognized as a front-runner in the circular economy education in the world and circular economy is integrated in all levels of education (Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2018).

The indicator focuses on circular economy learning offerings by the universities of applied sciences. The indicator monitors the amount of offered courses and their ECTS credits. In addition, the course credits are divided by their discipline. There are 22 universities of applied sciences located all over Finland. Hence, the indicator enables the monitoring of the development of circular economy education all over the country. The indicator data is collected from the course catalogues of the universities and contacting the institutions. The indicator includes all courses with the term circular economy in the course name or description.

Almost all the Finnish universities of applied sciences (UASs) offer circular economy education. The highest number of credits are offered by Turku UAS in Southwest Finland and Lapland UAS in Lapland. Circular economy education is offered especially in technical and business studies and as part of agriculture, forestry and bioeconomy education. However, circular economy has been integrated also in many interdisciplinary, design and even in some health and welfare courses.

Circular economy education is offered especially in technical and business studies. © SYKE/Circwaste

More information

  • Senior Research Scientist Kati Pitkänen, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, firstname.lastname@syke.fi
  • Researcher Tiina Karppinen, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, firstname.lastname@syke.fi
Published 2020-11-30 at 10:39, updated 2020-12-09 at 20:37
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