Circular economy teaching in the natural resources sector and construction engineering

Ended project: 10/2017 – 9/2019

The Lapland University of Applied Sciences developed circular economy studies for the natural resources and engineering sectors. Study units of 10 credits were developed for both of these fields.

What was it about?

The project was part of the Circular economy teaching for all levels of education package implemented between 2017 and 2019. Sitra’s vision was that all graduates should understand what the circular economy means from the point of view of their work and day-to-day life, and what decisions and actions they can take to promote the circular economy. The aim was to increase expertise in the circular economy in Finland by extensively developing circular economy training, materials, concepts and co-operation from different points of view for all levels of education. More than 50 educational institutions, organisations and businesses took part in the package.

What was achieved?

The project developed 10-credit study modules for the fields of study of natural resources and engineering, increasing expertise and understanding of the circular economy. The studies were carried out as a pilot project at the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, after which they were also offered to other universities of applied sciences to be included in education in natural resources and engineering studies.

Who was involved?

Sitra funded the project, and the people responsible for the project at Sitra were Riitta Silvennoinen and Nani Pajunen. The project was implemented by Lapland University of Applied Sciences. Companies from both sectors were invited to participate in the planning of the study modules and encouraged to offer projects to be implemented as part of the training.


Nani Pajunen
Senior Lead, Sustainability solutions

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