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Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building

ADBI Circular Economy E-learning Course

Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building

About this module

The role of technical education in building circular economy (CE) workforce is inevitable through the development of novel curriculum design, and content delivery coupled with effective education, R&D, and technology transfer policies enabling CE transition. The introduction of interdisciplinary modules involving the role of emerging technologies, value/supply chain analysis, stakeholder engagement, and life-cycle thinking are critical in addition to the existing curriculum on waste management and general environmental management. In addition, technology transfer from developed world to the developing world supported by policies is indispensable in inclusive global CE transformation. The successful implementation of policies for CE education requires a holistic approach in developing/delivering content such as promotion of skills economy, experiential learning, and revolutionizing student assessment strategies. Furthermore, youth-empowerment is an integral part in CE workforce building through education and entrepreneurship by engaging youth in strategic decision-making, as practiced by the STEAM platform.


21 min

Learning Objective

    • Role of Education and Research in Circular Economy
    • Current CE Education Practices and Gaps
    • Policy Implications and Success Factors in CE Education and Technology Transfer
    • Impacts of CE Education, Research, and Technologies in Building a Skilled Future Workforce


    1. Which one of the following is crucial in CE education?
    a. Critical thinking
    b. System thinking
    c. Life-cycle thinking
    d. All of the above

    2. Which topics need inclusion in the CE modules for effective transformation?
    a. Value chain analysis and emerging technologies
    b. Stakeholder engagement
    c. Oil & gas extraction
    d. Both a & b


Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building
Education Lead
STEAM Platform
Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building

Module 1: Fundamentals of Circular Economy

Module 2: Plastic Waste Global Policies

Module 4: Circular design, technology and innovation

Module 6: Circular Economy Policy and Standards

Module 1: Introduction to the Plastics Circularity

Module 3: Plastics Life Cycle, Value & Supply Chain, and Impact

Module 5: Circular Supply Chain Management

Module 6: Public-Private Partnerships and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

Module 2: Financing the transition to Circular Economy

Module 4: Circular Business Models, Barriers & Enablers for Circular Economy

Module 5: Policy Implementation Mechanisms & Challenges and Consumer Behavior

Module 7: Circular Cities

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