study module

Ended project: 10/2017 – 8/2019

The Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, University of Helsinki, Aalto University and University of Eastern Finland developed a circular economy course suitable for university education in different disciplines.

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 prepared teaching materials for the five-credit Kiertotalous.nyt university course. The teaching materials are freely available online for everyone to use. The materials were prepared in both Finnish and English. The study materials can also be found freely for use on YouTube (in Finnish).

The Kiertotalous.nyt study module was prepared in close co-operation with the Sitra-funded Ilmasto.nyt study module, utilising the proven implementation models of the project.

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 Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, University of Helsinki, Aalto University and the University of Eastern Finland. The Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology tested the functionality of the study module with the students in the Circular Economy Master’s Programme.


Nani Pajunen
Senior Lead, Sustainability solutions

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